How To Find Caldwell 14, The Double Cluster

How To Find Caldwell 14, The Double Cluster


Caldwell 14 The Double Cluster.jpg


Caldwell 14 or NGC 884 and 869 is found about 7,000 light years away. First described by Hipparchus in 130 B.C. This object is known as the Double Cluster as it is made from two very close open clusters. These are travelling towards us at around 14-15 miles per second. This is one of the easy and breathtaking deep space objects to observe. Make sure you don’t miss it.

Image by: Rawastrodata

 

Telescopic Image to Scale:

C29.jpg


This image is larger than the size of a full moon at 75’ (the full moon is 30’)


Other Names:

Caldwell 14

NGC 869

C 14

Double Cluster

h Persei


Brightness:

Magnitude = 5.3

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 Perseus Constellation. It's co-ordinates are: RA 00h 17m 59.03 DEC +46° 40′ 20.6″ if you are using guiding software. The image below shows its location in the crosshairs.

How to find Caldwell 14, the Double Cluster


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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