How to find Caldwell 29

How to Find Caldwell 29

Caldwell 29.jpg

Caldwell 29, or NGC 5005 is a spiral galaxy that is found about 65 million light years away. The light from this galaxy that we see today set out when the dinosaurs roamed the Earth.  What powers it's core has been strongly debated as to whether it is a supermassive black hole or an area of active star formation. X-ray emissions would seem to suggest that a supermassive black hole lays at the centre of the galaxy. The galaxy has a bright nucleus making it a good target for larger telescopes. C29 is part of a galactic pair. It's partner is the nearby NGC 5033.

Image credit: Odd Trondal

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Other Names:

Caldwell 29

NGC 5005

UGC 8256

PGC 45749


Magnitude = 9.8

Surface brightness = 12.7

Telescope Aperture City Suburbs Rural Dark Sky
4 inches 9 10 11 12.5
5 inches 9.5 10.5 11.5 13
6 inches 10 11 12 13.5
8 inches 10.5 11.5 12.5 14
10 inches 11 12 13 14.5

Use this chart to estimate if you can see the object from your location with your telescope. For more help on using this chart click here.

How to Find It:

This galaxy resides in the Canes Venatici constellation. It can be found in the crosshairs on the map below. It's co-ordinates are: RA 13h 11m 33.77 DEC +36° 59′ 11.0″ if you are using guiding software.

How to find Caldwell 29

To find more space objects have a look at the constellation guide by clicking the link or go back to the list of deep space objects.

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