Associations Hodge 33, 29, 18, and 27 are unresolved individually but together form the most prominent spiral arm segment that was described already by Herschel as a "branch". Hodge 67 was, in essence, discovered by Bigourdan in late 19th century visually with a 12" refractor and catalogued as NGC 2404. I had seen these features previously with my 12" SCT along with the stellar-looking Hodge 41 (http://ivm-deep-sky....1/ngc-2403.html).
Associations 45 and 36 are compact and round and probably dominate visually without a filter the objects identified in Steve Gottlieb's article as HII regions VS 38 and VS 24. Similarly, associations 14 and 81 coincide with VS 3 and VS 52.
Association 59 contains the small bright knot on the edge of a star cloud that involves also Hodge 48 on the other end. As such, these two and a couple of fainter associations in that cloud or arm segment remained unresolved.
Along with the already mentioned 41, associations 49, 62, and 23 looked starlike. The last one, I believe, is mentioned as a "star" next to VS 3 in the S&T article. The other star in the pair pointing at VS 3 is indeed a Milky Way star. The foreground stars are labeled on my sketch with "*".
The peripheral associations 22, 24, 80, and 73 lay outside the visible body of the galaxy and had considerable visual extent and irregular shapes. The spiral structure in this galaxy is very loose, but these peripheral associations do seem to trace a certain spiral arrangement of luminous matter.
The galaxy is in the M81 group and about 8 Mly away. This may be the most detailed view I have had to date of a galaxy beyond the Local Group as far as the number of individually identified objects - or it is a tie with M101.