C38 (NGC 4565) The Needle Galaxy (c) Copyright 2012 Robert D. Vickers, Jr.
The Caldwell catalogue was compiled by British astronomer Sir Patrick Moore (whose surname is actually Caldwell-Moore) in 1995 to provide observers a new set of deep sky objects to augment the Messier catalogue. They are what Moore considers to be the best 109 viewing targets in both the northern and southern skies, excluding the Messiers. There are many striking objects on this list as well as several challenging ones. He includes a broad range of object types, and I have sketched all that are visible (75) from my observatory location in western Tennessee. These sketches were done between 31 March 2002 and 15 February 2004.