Celebration of Early Astronomy 5 – Caldwell Edition

Dates: January 07, 2023 to March 11, 2023

Planned Map (Still subject to alterations to orange line) (click for full size):
Distance: 26,100.35 Ly

“The early 2000s, they were often the speculative setting of early science fiction works. Early imaginings of interstellar travel, first contact with aliens, apocalypses, pandemics, you name it, there was probably a movie or book set in the early 21st century of it. While humanity may not have invented interstellar travel by 2020 as many novels and films purported, they still discovered plenty gems of our galaxy by then.

Lucky for us in 3308 we do have interstellar travel and can visit these gems that humans on Earth in the early 21st century could only dream of visiting. So that is just what we will be setting out to do. This expedition will visit many of the noteworthy celestial objects discovered by the early 21st century, some of which even still are considered noteworthy even today in 3308.

We will be setting off from our faction’s home system Keltim, also known as Gliese 149 to the humans of 2020. From there we will be travelling our route clockwise. Many of the sights on this expedition revisit those featured on earlier CEA expeditions for those that weren’t on those.

— Patron Kezika T. Wylair


Please fill out a sign-up form if you’re coming along!
Note: even if you’re not sure yet all your details, the form will give you an edit link once you submit so that you can come back and edit your submission in the future with any changes you make. Just make sure to save your link!

Sign-up form: https://theexpedition.info/Register
Roster: https://theexpedition.info/Roster
EDSM Page: https://theexpedition.info/EDSM


Summary and Information

Dates: January 07, 2023 to March 11, 2023
Waypoint Count: 20
Distance: 26,100.35 Ly
Expedition Discord: https://theexpedition.info/Discord

For Celebration of Early Astronomy 5 we are focusing on exploring various Caldwell clusters, and in particular, Caldwell 1, a large cluster high up from the galactic plane that can only be entered and exited using a carrier. The Caldwell catalog was created by Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, a British astronomer and influential TV presenter on the topic of astronomy.

All legs will be one week long with the exception of our week in Caldwell 1, which will be three weeks long in duration. During this time there will be a pair of carriers swapping positions daily



Start: Keltim
End: J Centauri

Current Waypoint List

Leg 1 – 1/7 – 1-14

  • Keltim (GL 149)
  • 45 Tauri (Caldwell 41)
  • Musca Dark Region HM-V c2-29 (Caldwell 99 – Coalsack Nebula)
  • BrSO 14 (Caldwell 68 – R Corona Australis Nebula)
  • Veil West Sector DL-Y d68 (Caldwell 34 – Veil West Nebula)
  • North America Sector LC-V c2-3 (Caldwell 20 – North America Nebula)
  • Ploea The YQ-U d3-0 (Caldwell 1’s pre-entry point)

Leg 2 – 1/14 – 2/4

  • V785 Cephei (Caldwell 1)
  • NGC 188 SMV 4385 (Caldwell 1)

Leg 3 – 2/4 – 2/11

  • Bubble Sector PD-S B4-4 (Bubble Nebula)
  • Hypoae Ain MO-I d9-37 (Heart & Soul Nebulae)
  • BD+56 472 (Caldwell 14)

Leg 4 – 2/11 – 2/18

  • HD 15558 (IC 1805 Cluster)
  • BD+60 327 (Caldwell 10)

Leg 5 – 2/18 – 2/25

  • Kappa Cassiopeiae
  • NGC 457 124 (Caldwell 13)
  • S171 1 ([GMM2009] S171)

Leg 6 – 2/25 – 3/4

  • HD2002 Star 137 (Caldwell 19)

Leg 7 – 3/4 – 3/11

  • NGC 752 DLM 167a (Caldwell 28)
  • V518 Carinae (Caldwell 102)
  • J Centauri (Scorpius-Centaurus Association)


Each Leg will additionally have an announcement post when they start detailing any optional waypoints they may have added to them. Optional waypoints are subject to be added during the expedition up until the start of the leg.