How To Find Caldwell 8

How To Find Caldwell 8

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Caldwell 8 or NGC 559 is an open cluster found 3,700 light years away. Discovered by Herschel in November 1787 it is a faint cluster of stars to observe. Sometimes described as a small jewel box in the sky it often appears as a hazy patch in smaller telescopes.

Image by: Roberto Mura

Telescopic Image to Scale:


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

Other Names:

Caldwell 8

NGC 559

C 8


Magnitude = 9.5

Surface brightness = UNK

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 open cluster officially resides in the Cassiopeia Constellation. It's co-ordinates are: RA 23h 37m 20.31 DEC +52° 20′ 29.7″ if you are using guiding software. The image below shows its location in the crosshairs.

How to find Caldwell 8

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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