Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope

Title : Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope
Author : Philip Pugh
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN 13 : 038785357X
Date : 2011-11-02

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Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope contains descriptions and photographs of the 103 Messier objects, with instructions on how to find them without a computerized telescope or even setting circles. The photographs show how the objects appear through a 127mm Maksutov (and other instruments, where applicable). The visual appearance of a Messier object is often very different from what can be imaged with the same telescope, and a special feature of this book is that it shows what you can see with a small telescope. It will also contain binocular descriptions of some objects. Messier published the final version of his catalog in 1781 (it contains 103 different objects), a catalog so good that it is still in common use today, well over two centuries later. In making a catalog of all the 'fixed' deep-sky objects that observers might confuse with comets, Messier had succeeded in listing all the major interesting deep-sky objects that today are targets for amateur astronomers. Messier's telescope (thought to be a 4-inch) was, by today's amateur standards, small. It also had rather poor optics by modern standards. Thus - and despite the fact that he was a master observer - all the things Messier saw can be found and observed by any observer using a commercial 127 mm (5-inch) telescope. Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope lets the reader follow in Messier's footsteps by observing the Messier objects more or less as the great man saw them himself!

Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope

Title : Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope
Author : Philip Pugh
Publisher : Springer
ISBN 13 : 0387853561
Date : 2011-11-04

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Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope contains descriptions and photographs of the 103 Messier objects, with instructions on how to find them without a computerized telescope or even setting circles. The photographs show how the objects appear through a 127mm Maksutov (and other instruments, where applicable). The visual appearance of a Messier object is often very different from what can be imaged with the same telescope, and a special feature of this book is that it shows what you can see with a small telescope. It will also contain binocular descriptions of some objects. Messier published the final version of his catalog in 1781 (it contains 103 different objects), a catalog so good that it is still in common use today, well over two centuries later. In making a catalog of all the 'fixed' deep-sky objects that observers might confuse with comets, Messier had succeeded in listing all the major interesting deep-sky objects that today are targets for amateur astronomers. Messier's telescope (thought to be a 4-inch) was, by today's amateur standards, small. It also had rather poor optics by modern standards. Thus - and despite the fact that he was a master observer - all the things Messier saw can be found and observed by any observer using a commercial 127 mm (5-inch) telescope. Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope lets the reader follow in Messier's footsteps by observing the Messier objects more or less as the great man saw them himself!

The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon

Title : The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon
Author : Don Machholz
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13 : 0521803861
Date : 2002-10-10

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Offers advice, illustrations, and celestial maps to aid astronomers seeking to complete the "Messier marathon," a tradition which attempts to locate, in one night, the 110 galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae cataloged by the French astronomer some two hundred years ago.

Deep Sky Companions The Caldwell Objects

Title : Deep Sky Companions The Caldwell Objects
Author : Stephen James O'Meara
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13 : 0521827965
Date : 2002

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A complete observers guide to the Caldwell Objects.

Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep Sky Objects

Title : Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep Sky Objects
Author : Christian B. Luginbuhl
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13 : 0521625564
Date : 1998-09-17

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This is the most detailed guide to observing galaxies, clusters and nebulae available in a single volume. The objects included range from those visible in binoculars to faint galaxies requiring a 30 cm telescope. For most objects descriptions are given for a range of telescope apertures; the catalogue contains data not available elsewhere.

Herschel 400 Observing Guide

Title : Herschel 400 Observing Guide
Author : Steve O'Meara
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13 : 0521858933
Date : 2007-06-14

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Steve O'Meara's guide to the Herschel 400 for amateur astronomers.

Deep Sky Companions The Messier Objects

Title : Deep Sky Companions The Messier Objects
Author : Stephen James O'Meara
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13 : 0521553326
Date : 1998-12-28

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The 110 galaxies, star clusters and nebulae catalogued by the comet hunter Charles Messier in the late 1700s are still the most widely observed celestial wonders in the heavens. They are the favourite targets of amateur astronomers, with such rich variety and detail that they never cease to fascinate. This book provides new and experienced observers with a fresh perspective on the Messier objects. Stephen James O'Meara has prepared a visual feast for the observer. Using the finest optical telescopes available for amateur work, superior eyepieces and the darkest site on Earth, he describes and sketches the view from the telescope as never before. There are new drawings, improved finder charts, and new astronomical data on each object, including findings from the Hubble Space Telescope. This is truly the Messier Guide for the modern age.

The Stargazer s Guide to the Night Sky

Title : The Stargazer s Guide to the Night Sky
Author : Dr. Jason Lisle
Publisher : New Leaf Publishing Group
ISBN 13 : 9780890516416
Date : 2012

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Planetary Nebulae and How to Observe Them

Title : Planetary Nebulae and How to Observe Them
Author : Martin Griffiths
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN 13 : 9781461417828
Date : 2012-02-24

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Planetary Nebulae and How to Observe Them is for amateur astronomers who want to go beyond the Messier objects, concentrating on one of the most beautiful classes of astronomical objects in the sky. Planetary nebulae are not visible to the naked eye, but they are a fascinating group of telescope objects. This guide enables a user equipped with an average-sized amateur telescope to get the best out of observing them. Topics covered include their astrophysical make-up, history of their discovery, classification and description, telescopes to use, filters, and observing techniques - in short everything anyone would need to know to successfully observe planetary nebulae. The book describes the various forms these astronomical objects can take and explains why they are favorite targets for amateur observers. Descriptions of over 100 nebulae personally observed by the author using telescopes of various sizes are included in the book. Readers can create their own observing program or follow the list of these captivating objects, many of which are found within our own Milky Way Galaxy.

Messier s Nebulae and Star Clusters

Title : Messier s Nebulae and Star Clusters
Author : Kenneth Glyn Jones
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
ISBN 13 : 0521370795
Date : 1991-04-04

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Charles Messier's catalog of nebulae and star clusters, published in 1784, marked the start of a new era of deep-sky astronomy. Today, this tradition of observing galaxies and clusters is kept alive by dedicated amateur astronomers. Nearly all the objects are visible in a small telescope, and many, such as the Crab Nebula and the Andromeda galaxy, are among the most fascinating objects in the universe. Kenneth Glyn Jones has revised his definitive version of Messier's catalog. His own observations and drawings, together with maps and diagrams, make this a valuable introduction to deep-sky observing. Historical and astrophysical notes bring the science of these nebulae right up to date. This is a unique handbook, unlikely ever to be equaled in its completeness and importance to the telescope owner.