How to Find Caldwell 3

How to Find Caldwell 3

NGC 4236 I FUV g2006.jpg

Caldwell 3, or NGC 4236 is a barred spiral galaxy found 12 million light years away as part of the M81 group or maybe as a stand-alone galaxy. It is a difficult object to see due to its low surface brightness.

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Telescopic Image to Scale:


This image is the size of a full moon for size comparison.

Other Names:

Caldwell 3

NGC 4236


Magnitude = 10.6

Surface brightness = 15

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 constellation of Draco but can be found more easily using the constellation of Ursa Major and is in the crosshairs on the map below. It's co-ordinates are: RA 12h 17m 20.74 DEC +69° 23′ 02.9″ if you are using guiding software.

How to find Caldwell 3, NGC 4236

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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