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The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas

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The Messier Catalogue is a list of one hundred and ten galaxies, star clusters and nebulae, and includes many of the brightest and best-known objects in the sky. Amateur astronomers who find all the objects on the list in one night have successfully completed the Messier Marathon. The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon contains over 90 easy-to-use star maps to guide the observer from one object to the next, and provides tips for a successful night of observing. Don Machholz also tells the story of the eighteenth-century astronomer, Charles Messier, and how he came to compile his extensive catalogue. His complete guide to the Messier Marathon will help the amateur astronomer to observe the Messier Objects throughout the year, using a small telescope or even a pair of binoculars. Don Machholz is an engineer in Auburn, California. Interested in astronomy since childhood, he is a renowned comet hunter, having discovered nine comets that bear his name. He writes articles for local California newspapers and radio stations for special astronomical events. Between 1988 and 2000, Don Machholz was the Comets Recorder for the Association of Lunar and Planetary Recorders.

Book News Annotation:

Some 200 years ago French astronomer Charles Messier catalogued 110 galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae. These objects are now known as the Messier Catalog and are the subject of tradition in which astronomers attempt to locate as many of the objects as possible in the course of one night. This work offers advice on holding and completing the "marathon" and provides illustrations aiding in the location of objects. The atlas that occupies nearly a third of the volume provides celestial maps for all of the Messier Objects.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A complete guide to observing the Messier Objects.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 93-95) and index.

Synopsis:

A complete guide to observing the Messier Objects.

About the Author

Don Machholz is an amateur astronomer and keen writer, living in California. This is his fourth astronomy book.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Handbook: 1. Charles Messier; 2. The Messier Catalogue; 3. The Messier Marathon; 4. Other Marathons; Glossary, Greek alphabet and further reading; Part II. Atlas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521803861
Author:
Machholz, Don
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge, UK
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Stars
Subject:
Star Observation
Subject:
Galaxies
Subject:
Nebulae
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Astronomy -- Observers' manuals.
Subject:
Stars -- Clusters.
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
107-211
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
172
Dimensions:
11.34x8.70x.65 in. 1.90 lbs.

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