Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects

Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects

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by Stephen James O'Meara
     
 

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Charles Messier (1730-1817) devoted much of his life to searching the skies for comets. As he continued his comet hunting, Messier added other curious deep-sky objects to the list, largely with help from a young rival, Pierre Mechain. By 1781 the Messier catalog had grown to 103 entries. Two centuries later, backyard observers still consider many of the "M" objects… See more details below

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Charles Messier (1730-1817) devoted much of his life to searching the skies for comets. As he continued his comet hunting, Messier added other curious deep-sky objects to the list, largely with help from a young rival, Pierre Mechain. By 1781 the Messier catalog had grown to 103 entries. Two centuries later, backyard observers still consider many of the "M" objects the jewels of the night sky; all are splendid targets for viewing with binoculars and small telescopes. In Deep Sky Companions: the Messier Objects, renowned visual observer Stephen James O'Meara shows you how to find and enjoy M1 (the Crab), M110 (a companion to M31, the Andromeda Galaxy), and everything in between. It's an indispensable resource for skygazers at all levels of interest.

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"All the essentials are here...O'Meara's book will be an invaluable guide to some of the finest showpieces in the heavens." New Scientist

"For those planning to...enjoy many fine celestial vistas, there is no better guide than Stephen O'Meara's book. For each object, a photograph, a finder chart, basic data and a quote from Messier's accounts are provided, with a discussion of what is seen through small telescopes, and some history of telescopic studies." Nature

"An excellent guide for anyone interested in observing this class of fascinating deep-sky objects." SpaceViews

"This delightful observing companion by veteran astronomical observer, photographer, and writer O'Meara summarizes the basics of observing (including definitions, concepts, and sky descriptions), and methods and equipment involved...amateur observers...will find this book to be exceptionally useful because it also gives one of the best approaches to observing. Coordinates, size and brightness, distance, excellent description, finding chart, photograph, and a drawing are listed for each object....Highly recommended." Choice

"...will become the standard reference book of the Messier objects for years to come." Science Books & Films

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107018372
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2014
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
379,938
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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