Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope

In the Footsteps of a Great Observer

  • Philip Pugh

Part of the Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series book series (PATRICKMOORE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Philip Pugh
    Pages 25-29
  3. Philip Pugh
    Pages 31-99
  4. Philip Pugh
    Pages 101-166
  5. Philip Pugh
    Pages 167-231
  6. Philip Pugh
    Pages 233-299
  7. Philip Pugh
    Pages 301-351
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 353-387

About this book


Observing the Messier Objects with a Small Telescope lets the reader follow in Charles Messier's footsteps by observing the Messier objects more or less as the great man saw them himself!

This book contains descriptions and photographs of  his 110 cataloged objects, with instructions on how to find them without a computerized telescope or even setting circles. 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. The visual appearance of a Messier object is often very different from what can be imaged with the same telescope, and this book shows what you can see with a small telescope or even binoculars!


Charles Messier Deep-sky Objects Finding Messier Objects History of Astronomy Messier Biography Star Catalogues Star Maps

Authors and affiliations

  • Philip Pugh
    • 1
  1. 1.WiltshireUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-85356-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-85357-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
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