The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas

The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas

by Don Machholz
ISBN-10:
0521803861
ISBN-13:
9780521803861
Pub. Date:
11/04/2002
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas

The Messier Catalogue is a list of one hundred and ten galaxies, star clusters and nebulae, and includes many of the brightest and best-known objects in the sky. Amateur astronomers who find all the objects on the list in one night have successfully completed the Messier Marathon. The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon contains over 90 easy-to-use star maps to guide the observer from one object to the next, and provides tips for a successful night of observing. Don Machholz also tells the story of the eighteenth-century astronomer, Charles Messier, and how he came to compile his extensive catalogue. His complete guide to the Messier Marathon will help the amateur astronomer to observe the Messier Objects throughout the year, using a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars. Don Machholz is an engineer in Auburn, California. Interested in astronomy since childhood, he is a renowned comet hunter, having discovered nine comets that bear his name. He writes articles for local California newspapers and radio stations for special astronomical events. Between 1988 and 2000, Don Machholz was the Comets Recorder for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Recorders.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521803861
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/04/2002
Pages: 157
Product dimensions: 8.62(w) x 10.87(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Handbook: 1. Charles Messier; 2. The Messier Catalogue; 3. The Messier Marathon; 4. Other Marathons; Glossary, Greek alphabet and further reading; Part II. Atlas.

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