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16 years 5 months ago #60226 by johnomahony
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Just been reading through my recently arrived copy of The Messier Objects by Stephen James O'Meara. Its a really good introduction to observing these objects and an excellent way of planning a nights observing in advance. All the objects are described in detail along with drawings as seen through a quality 4" refractor.
Highly recommended.

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16 years 5 months ago #60230 by johnflannery
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I'll second that John! All his books are excellent and the enthuasism O'Meara has for his hobby really shines through.

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16 years 5 months ago #60455 by jeyjey
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I'll second (third?) the two Johns' recommendations, but I must say that my favorite of O'Meara's is his "Hidden Treasures". I think it covers around 110 targets just like his Messier and Caldwell books, but he goes into a lot more detail on each one, making for a much thicker (and more involving) book.

He also wrote a Herschel 400 guide, but I don't have that one. (I don't have his Caldwell book either, because I assume it overlaps in targets with Messier. Can anyone confirm/deny that?)

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16 years 5 months ago #61155 by pj30something
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Someone put me onto this site.

www.stargazing.net/chrisbrankin/sketches/Messier/index.html

Its basically sketches of Messier objects upto 109.

M27 is REALLY something i want to see. Think i may need more apeture then 3.5 though.

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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16 years 5 months ago #61167 by Jovian79
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hmm. ive heard some really good things about this book - and having a small scope makes it doubly interesting. i might have to look into it.

Paul

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16 years 5 months ago #61168 by pj30something
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Jovian.................if you have a small scope (60-90mm) check out "Turn Left At Orion".

Paul C
My next scope is going to be a Vixen VMC200L Catadioptric OTA

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