Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky
• Simply THE most comprehensive guide to the Messier Objects ever published • Combines detailed historical, astrophysical, statistical and observing information for each object with stunning astrophotos and telescope sketches • Reproduces the text of Messier's famous catalog, along with biographies of Messier and his contemporaries • Compares modern views with historical sketches from Lord Rosse, John Herschel and other illustrious figuresThe 110 star clusters, nebulae and galaxies of Messier's famous catalog are among the most popular of all the deep sky objects and are beautiful targets for amateur observers of all abilities. This stunning new atlas presents a complete and lively account of all of the Messier objects. Details for each object include a thoroughly researched history of its discovery, historical observations and anecdotes, the latest scientific data detailing its astrophysical findings, and descriptions for observers to view the objects, be it with the naked eye or a large telescope. This atlas has some of the world's finest color astrophotos, labeled photos pointing to hidden details and neighboring objects, as well as historical sketches by well-known figures alongside new deep sky drawings. Quite simply, this is THE most far-reaching and beautiful reference on the Messier objects there has ever been, and one that no observer should be without!
By dad_of_tutu - November 17, 2008
How comprehensive? *4 catalogs from Hevelius, De Cheseaux, Lacaille, Bode and, mini-bios of many famed observers before, at and after Messier's time, so how they influenced Messier, how Messier's catalog evolved into what we see today. Glad to learn European point of view(this book was originally published in German, 2006). *A complete copy of Messier's catalog(in English). *Historical observations of each object. *Stoyan gave his descriptions on each object through an array of optical aids-a 10x50, a 4.7-inch refractor and 14-inch, 20-inch reflectors, when appropriate naked-eye, 8x30, 20x100... *Astrophysical data is the latest; findings from Chinese, Japanese, Korean astronomers are mentioned.
How beautiful? *Charts? Some recall the charts in The Night Sky Observer's Guide, but in color! *Pictures? Most are 30min. to 1 hour exposures(so beautiful some amateurs may think they are in the same league as NASA's) through some light buckets,... read more
By P. Beach - April 19, 2009
I received this book today and it's everything the hype says it is. Hard-cover, beautiful, and complete. Everything is here, the comprehensive history, Messier's own notes, drawings and stunning pictures, all the basic facts about each object, a map of the full sky showing the location of all 110 objects, etc, etc. When I saw the photos of Messier's observatory at Hotel de Cluny in Paris, I realised with some dismay that I had been there without realising it's connection to Messier (It's now the Museum of the Middle Ages)! The book contains much more than just information about the 110 objects. For example the diagrams on the spectral types of stars and stellar evolution are superb. This book is so complete, if you want just one book on the Messier objects this is it. Very strongly recommended.
Probably the best book on the Messier objects
By Ivan W. Ong - January 2, 2010
Finding all 110 of the Messier objects has long been a rite of passage for generations of amateur astronomers. I remember taking 6 months to finish the list with a 4" refractor when I was just starting out- nothing could compare with the excitement of each discovery and my notebook with sketches and notes is still one of my treasured items.
This book is a monumental achievement in many ways. The level of scholarship is very high. The author clearly knows his stuff and has done his research thoroughly. I enjoyed in particular reading about Charles Messier's life and the historical context in which he lived his life and carried out his discoveries. Also insightful were mention of his many contemporaries and peers.
The separate listings of Messier objects is very well organized- I especially like the well-written "Astrophysics" sections that explain in sufficient detail each object. The author always informs, and never talks over or down at you. It is a rare ability... read more
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