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Astronomy - Astronomy, Observations and Techniques | The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Deep-Sky Catalogs

The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Deep-Sky Catalogs

Cavin, Jerry D.

2012, X, 380 p. 11 illus., 3 illus. in color.

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  • Helps you understand what these catalogs are, how they came about, how to use them effectively, and why it is a good idea to compare them to each other.
  • Allows for the creation of a personalized observing program for amateur astronomers at any level of experience.
  • Serves as an excellent reference source for amateur astronomers, libraries, astronomy students, teachers, and researchers.
  • Includes a brief but useful history of ancient star catalogs and their effects on the development of astronomy.

All of us familiar with astronomy know of Charles Messier and his early work on creating a catalog of celestial objects. Did you know that Messier was compiling a list of objects to avoid when searching the skies? He was a comet hunter, and he wanted to not mistake other things for comets.

Other lists and catalogs followed this, and many, including Messier's, have become popular with amateur astronomers who see it as a challenge to find everything on the list or as a guide on what to see when they look through their telescopes or binoculars.

In this "catalog of catalogs," the author introduces the figures behind the most famous of the star catalogs and includes the catalog listings as well. Thus here, all in one book, is your complete guide to the heavenly bodies - including constellations, galaxies, nebulae, supernova remnants, and much more - that most people seek to see when they observe the night sky. Here are enough challenges for a lifetime of exciting viewing!

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Astronomical objects catalogs - Galaxies nebulae locations - Selecting sky catalogs - Selecting sky charts - Sky catalog features

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Geographical Information Systems - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Preface.- Chapter 1: Claudius Ptolemy and the Almagest.- Chapter 2: The Abd-al-Rahman Al-Sufi Catalog.- Chapter 3: Ulugh Beg.- Chapter 4: The Tycho Brahe Catalog.- Chapter 5: The Johannes Hevelius Catalog.- Chapter 6: The Charles Messier Catalog.- Chapter 7: The Johann Elert Bode Catalog.- Chapter 8: Christian Mayer Catalog.- Chapter 9: The Herschel Catalogs.- Chapter 10: The J.L.E. Dreyer and the NGC Catalog.- Chapter 11: Halton Arp and the Arp Catalog.- Chapter 12: The Caldwell Catalog.- References.- Appendix A.- Appendix B.- Index.

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