RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 763157718 LA English UL http://public.eblib.com/choice/publicfullrecord.aspx?p=884112 T1 The amateur astronomer's guide to the deep-sky catalogs A1 Cavin, Jerry D., PB Springer PP New York YR 2012 SN 9781461406563 1461406560 1461406552 9781461406556 AB 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!