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Messier Objects

Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:58 pm

I am writing a new series, starting with this introduction:

http://philippughastronomer.com/PhilsSc ... ssier.html

Re: Messier Objects

Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:50 pm

An ambitious project. I wish you well, and look forward to seeing the results.

Just a thought - but I wonder how useful the Messier catalogue is to the amateur astronomer today? The criteria for the inclusion of each object then was very different to what makes an interesting object for us. I’ve recently taken an interest in the Caldwell list, and I was wondering about making my way through it as far as I can. That possibly isn't a perfect list either, of course :) .

Re: Messier Objects

Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:56 pm

Aratus wrote:An ambitious project. I wish you well, and look forward to seeing the results.

Just a thought - but I wonder how useful the Messier catalogue is to the amateur astronomer today? The criteria for the inclusion of each object then was very different to what makes an interesting object for us. I’ve recently taken an interest in the Caldwell list, and I was wondering about making my way through it as far as I can. That possibly isn't a perfect list either, of course :) .


I can list a few objects that are bright and interesting that didn't make the list. However, my story about M92 isn't fiction: I really thought I'd found something new. It was just that the sky was so clear, I'd never seen M92 that bright before.

As someone who is anything but a deep sky specialist, I think the Messier list is still an interesting challenge for amateur astronomers. I'm going to try and photograph a few myself that I haven't snapped before or only got poor results.

Re: Messier Objects

Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:57 pm

I've just completed my piece on the Pleiades (M45). If anyone has some good images, please post a URL here and I'll include them.

http://philippughastronomer.com/PhilsSc ... r_M45.html

Re: Messier Objects

Thu Jan 21, 2016 12:27 am

I didn't catch that story on M92 :? Where is that ?

The Messier list is certainly an established 'marathon' for amateurs. Well done for completing it. I have heard of some people doing it all in one night, which is quite incredible.

M45 is a little large to get in one go through my telescope even with a 6.3 focal reducer.
My best effort so far. This was a single shot.

Image

Re: Messier Objects

Thu Jan 21, 2016 6:04 pm

It's in the book but the short story is that I am (was) familiar with M92 but because it was unusually bright, I thought it couldn't be M92, so must be a comet. I checked my star atlas and confirmed it was M92. Is your image hosted anywhere? If you can provide me with a link and your real name, I can post it on my site.
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