How to Find the Little Sombrero Galaxy, Caldwell 43

How to Find the Little Sombrero Galaxy, Caldwell 43

C43 Hubble NASA.jpg


Caldwell 43, or NGC 7814 is an end-on spiral galaxy. It is found about 40 million light years away. It is known by amateur astronomers as the Little Sombrero Galaxy due to its similarity with M104. It has a beautiful central dust lane and a bright core, well worth seeking out.

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Other Names:

Little Sombrero Galaxy

Caldwell 43

NGC 7814

UGC 8

PGC 218


Telescope Image to Scale:

C43.jpg


This image is 30 arc minutes by 30 arcminutes which is about the size of the full moon.


Amateur Astronomer Image:

C43Hewholooks.jpg

Image credit: Hewholooks


Brightness:

Magnitude = 10.6

Surface brightness = 13.2

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 See It:

This galaxy can be found in the constellation of Pegasus. It is in the crosshairs on the image below of the constellation. It's co-ordinates are: RA 00h 03m 57.94 DEC +16° 13′ 22.6″ if you are using guiding software.

How to find Caldwell 43, the Little Sombrero Galaxy


It is found about 40 million light years away. It is known by amateur astronomers as the Little Sombrero Galaxy due to its similarity with M104. 

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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