How To Find Caldwell 5

How To Find Caldwell 5

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Caldwell 5, or IC 342 is a spiral galaxy found around 10 million light years away. This is a challenging object to see as the magnitude 9.1 is spread over 20 arc minutes giving a rather low surface brightness of 14.9. It was discovered by William Frederick Denning in 1895. It is a large galaxy just outside our local group. It is found near to the galactic equator so interstellar dust makes seeing it difficult.

Image by: Sean Curry


Telescopic Image to Scale:

Caldwell 5

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

Other Names:

Caldwell 5

IC 342

C 5

UGC 2847


Magnitude = 12

Surface brightness = 14.9

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 officially resides in the Camelopardalis Constellation. It's co-ordinates are: RA 01h 10m 32.12 DEC +59° 11′ 42.1″ if you are using guiding software. The image below shows its location in the crosshairs.

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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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