Herschel 400 Observing Guide

Steve O'Meara
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A guide to 400 galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters from the Herschel catalog.

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The Herschel 400 is a list of 400 galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters, picked from over 2,500 deep-sky objects discovered and catalogued by the great eighteenth-century astronomer Sir William Herschel and his sister Caroline. It comprises
• 231 galaxies
• 107 open clusters
• 33 globular clusters
• 20 planetary nebulae
• 2 halves of a single planetary nebula
• 7 bright nebulae
In this guide Steve O'Meara takes the observer through the list, season by season, month by month, night by night, object by object. He works through the objects in a carefully planned and methodical way, taking in some of the most dramatic non-Messier galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters in the night sky.
Ideal for astronomers who have tackled the Messier objects, this richly illustrated guide will help the amateur astronomer hone their observing skills.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Steve O'Meara
Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 370
Author Bio
Author of several highly acclaimed books, including others in the celebrated Deep-Sky Companions series, Stephen James O'Meara is well known among the astronomical community for his engaging and informative writing style and for his remarkable skills as a visual observer. O'Meara spent much of his early career on the editorial staff of Sky and Telescope before joining Astronomy magazine as its Secret Sky columnist and a contributing editor. An award-winning visual observer, he was the first person to sight Halley's Comet on its return in 1985 and the first to determine visually the rotation period of Uranus. One of his most distinguished feats was the visual detection of the mysterious spokes in Saturn's B-ring before spacecraft imaged them. Among his achievements, O'Meara has received the prestigious Lone Stargazer Award, the Omega Centauri Award and the Caroline Herschel Award. Asteroid 3637 was named O'Meara in his honor by the International Astronomical Union. In his spare time, he travels the world to document volcanic eruptions. He is a contract videographer for National Geographic Digital Motion and a contract photographer for the National Geographic Image Collection.
Table of Contents


1 January
2 February
3 March

4 April
5 May
6 June

7 July
8 August
9 September

10 October
11 November
12 December

Appendix A Herschel 400 observing list
Appendix B Herschel 400 checklist
Appendix C Photo credits

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