Highlands Astro-Shack


Messier Objects
Charles Messier was a French astronomer who in 1774 published a catalog of 45 deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. He created the catalog to aid astronomers and comet hunters (like himself) to distinquish the difference between a comet and an object that was permanently located in a certain point of the sky.
His catalog had grown to 110 objects by 1781 and became known as the "Messier Catalog". The designation of these "M" objects are still in use today.
The following collection of images is my own Messier Catalog which I'm working on. It's a work in progress, but someday I'll have all 110 Messier objects photographed. Sure, there is a period of time in March when all 110 can be seen in one night (the "Messier Marathon"), but there just isn't enough hours in one night to photograph all of them, so I'm taking my time!





M1 Crab Nebula 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 M13 Hercules Globular cluster 14 M15 Globular Cluster M16 Eagle Nebula M17 Swan (or Omega) Nebula 18 19 M20 Trifid Nebula
21 22 23 24 25 26 M27 Dumbell Nebula 28 29 30
M31 Andromeda Galaxy 32 M33 Pinwheel Galaxy 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
41 M42 Orion Nebula 43 M44 Beehive open cluster M45 Pleiades open cluster M46 Open cluster M47 Open cluster 48 49 50
M51 Whirlpool Galaxy 52 53 54 55 56 M57 Ring Nebula 58 59 60
61 62 M63 Sunflower Galaxy M64 Black Eye Galaxy 65 M66 Galaxy in Leo 67 68 69 70
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
M81 galaxy in Ursa Major 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90
91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 M100 Galaxy - with Supernova SN2006X
M101 Galaxy 102 103 104 105 M106 Galaxy 107 108 M109 Galaxy 110