How to find The Needle Galaxy, Caldwell 38

How to Find The Needle Galaxy, Caldwell 38

Needle Galaxy NGC 4565.jpg

Caldwell 38 or NGC 4565 is otherwise known as the Needle Galaxy. It is a spiral galaxy viewed edge on about 40 million light years away. This beautiful monster of a galaxy is more luminous than Andromeda and would have made a spectacular addition to the night sky if it was seen face-on. It was discovered by William Herschel in 1785.

Image by: ESO

Telescopic Image to Scale:


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

Other Names:

The Needle Galaxy

Caldwell 38


NGC 4565

UGC 7772

PGC 42038

MCG 4-30-6

CGCG 129-10


Magnitude = 9.6

Surface brightness = 13.3

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 Coma Berenices and is in the crosshairs on the map below. It's co-ordinates are: RA 12h 57m 23.6 DEC +21° 36′ 36.9″ if you are using guiding software.

How to find Caldwell 38, the Needle Galaxy

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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