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Herschel 400 Observing Guide


  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107632004

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About the Authors
  • 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 and 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.

    • Focuses on helping you plan and organize your H400 observing project, with an emphasis on finding the objects with minimal fuss through O'Meara's clear directions and detailed finder charts
    • For each of the H400 objects, the author provides the coordinate data, a scaled image, general object description and step-by-step directions
    • Includes a handy checklist in the appendix; ideal for use as an observing log for submission to the Astronomical League (or your local observing club)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'O'Meara takes a list of admittedly faint objects and injects new life into them. Right or wrong, many amateur astronomers won't consider you a top-level observer until you've completed the Herschel 400. Don't do it for them, however. Pick up this book, set up your telescope, and do it for yourself. It's a lot of fun.' Michael Bakich,

    'This book is a great way of pushing beyond the popular Messier catalogue to broaden your viewing horizons.' Paul Money, Sky at Night

    '[This book] is a far better guide to the Herschel objects than the one available from the AL. It is well presented … to be recommended to observers looking for an organized project with medium-sized telescopes after completing the Messier list.' Owen Brazell, The Observatory

    'The Herschel 400 Observing Guide is a very good book, whose main strength is its instructions for locating objects. Even if you are not interested in seeing all of the Herschel 400 objects, I recommend it as a good mid-range guide to the deep sky.' Lee Macdonald, Journal of the British Astronomical Association

    'This book is very nicely produced … The layout is very well thought out … [O'Meara] works through the objects in a carefully planned and methodical way, ensuring that the minimum of telescope time is employed in locating objects and in moving from one object to the next.' Alex Crowther, Astronomy and Space

    'A good resource for anyone wishing to explore the deep sky.' Astronomy Now

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107632004
    • length: 379 pages
    • dimensions: 273 x 218 x 20 mm
    • weight: 1.18kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Winter:
    1. January
    2. February
    3. March
    Part II. Spring:
    4. April
    5. May
    6. June
    Part III. Summer:
    7. July
    8. August
    9. September
    Part IV. Fall:
    10. October
    11. November
    12. December
    Appendix A. Herschel 400 observing list
    Appendix B. Herschel 400 checklist
    Appendix C. Photo credits

  • Author

    Steve O'Meara

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