Imaging the Messier Objects Remotely from Your Laptop

  • Len Adam

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Background and Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Len Adam
      Pages 3-28
    3. Len Adam
      Pages 29-51
  3. The 110 Messier Objects – Images and Corresponding Data

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Len Adam
      Pages 55-185
    3. Len Adam
      Pages 187-322
    4. Len Adam
      Pages 323-453
    5. Len Adam
      Pages 455-510
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 511-520

About this book


This is a guide for anyone interested in practical astronomy but intimidated by the idea of investing in a telescope. It explores the world of remote observing, which requires nothing more than a laptop and an Internet connection. The book aims to make readers comfortable navigating the plethora of online equipment at their disposal and to show that a challenge like imaging the Messier objects can be fun, simple, and achievable for all.

In this text, all 110 Messier objects are discussed, each one remotely imaged with clear instructions on what telescope and camera combinations give the best results. Common astronomical phrases and units are all explained and illustrated to help newcomers get a grasp of terminology. Tidbits of history and quotes from Messier and other astronomers round out this beginner-friendly read, which also features a handy Quick Reference Image Library.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Len Adam
    • 1
  1. 1.Fellow of the Royal Astronomical SocietyLeylandUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65384-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65385-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-9756
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-6562
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