Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky By

    • Simply THE most comprehensive guide to the Messier Objects ever published

    • Combines detailed historical, astrophysical, statistical and observing information for each object with stunning astrophotos and telescope sketches

    • Reproduces the text of Messier’s famous catalog, along with biographies of Messier and his contemporaries

    • Compares modern views with historical sketches from Lord Rosse, John Herschel and other illustrious figures

    The 110 star clusters, nebulae and galaxies of Messier’s famous catalog are among the most popular of all the deep sky objects and are beautiful targets for amateur observers of all abilities. This stunning new atlas presents a complete and lively account of all of the Messier objects. Details for each object include a thoroughly researched history of its discovery, historical observations and anecdotes, the latest scientific data detailing its astrophysical findings, and descriptions for observers to view the objects, be it with the naked eye or a large telescope. This atlas has some of the world’s finest color astrophotos, labeled photos pointing to hidden details and neighboring objects, as well as historical sketches by well known figures alongside new deep sky drawings. Quite simply, this is THE most far reaching and beautiful reference on the Messier objects there has ever been, and one that no observer should be without! Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky

    Finding all 110 of the Messier objects has long been a rite of passage for generations of amateur astronomers. I remember taking 6 months to finish the list with a 4 refractor when I was just starting out nothing could compare with the excitement of each discovery and my notebook with sketches and notes is still one of my treasured items.

    This book is a monumental achievement in many ways. The level of scholarship is very high. The author clearly knows his stuff and has done his research thoroughly. I enjoyed in particular reading about Charles Messier's life and the historical context in which he lived his life and carried out his discoveries. Also insightful were mention of his many contemporaries and peers.

    The separate listings of Messier objects is very well organized I especially like the well written Astrophysics sections that explain in sufficient detail each object. The author always informs, and never talks over or down at you. It is a rare ability and one that works well for a book that is targeted towards a wide audience.

    The photos and sketches are well done. Kind of a nice synthesis of Kenneth Glyn Jones' and O'Meara's individually superb books on the Messier objects. The author keeps focus pretty much on the objects, and avoids tangents into surrounding IC and NGC objects.

    All in all, a very well produced book and one definitely for my collection. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky I feel so lucky to have gotten this book used and in so good condition and so inexpensive. I hope to do much business with this vendor in the future. This is a great book with great photos and drawings on Messiers objects. A proud addition to my new collection. I don't think it should be your only book on these objects. But the sketches give you a better view from the amateur perspective. The pictures are about as good as it gets. But they arn't going to be of the scale your scope can muster. Good and readable info. This book is a treasure! Get it any way or any condition you can. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky just a great addition too my library, very nicely laid out and enjoyable too read. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky Few books come along and address a subject that has been previously extensively covered and manage to make an impression; well this is on of them. If you have never heard of the Messier Objects, if you are getting to know the Messier Objects, or you have had enough of them and accumulated a few books on the subject, is this book for you? Well, Absolutely YES!

    Experience the Messier Objects in whole new way, starting with the history of Charles Messier the comet hunter [if I may call him that], old Paris, historical publications from the archives, and of course the 110 Messier Objects. The book reads like a little adventure of astronomical history which is quiet enjoyable and refreshing, its not a mere list and co ordinates but a passion building exercise that gets you eager to read about each fascinating object and go find it for your self and relive the moment. Nothing feels as wonderful and exhilarating than being able to relive history and view it with you own eye(s) or telescope.

    How about the objects? Each Messier Object gets it moment of glory with little Bullet Notes about its Coordinates, Constellation Magnitude and few others; but then comes the History, Astrophysics and Observation and some nice drawing of how the object visually looks and a Good Quality Image.

    So is this the ultimate book? There is still space for improvement, let take for example my favourite object M16 Eagle Nebula, I would expect a Map showing the Constellation Serpents with the key stars and Co ordinates and the location of the Eagle Nebula highlighted clearly. The included map is too small and may not be practical for locating objects, but rather to give you a broad idea where its located. It would be nice to have a little Eyepiece view at different magnifications of how the Nebula will look for the Amateur observer using an average telescope on a typical night, but that is missing. Oh, the drawing of the Nebula is good and gives you a clear idea of how the object will eventually look once you locate it, and the High Quality Images are superb, but I would argue that we all have a nice Star Atlas that shows all of these objects and a few books on how to locate and zoom in on a specific object using its co ordinates, GOTO or proximity to other stars and objects.

    I love the book; and I'm torn between giving it 4 or 5 stars. I guess I got so hooked on this book that I want other books to have the same quality as this book does while keeping the door open for improvements.

    Hand in hand with a Sky Atlas you have a historical adventure ahead of you!! Enjoy!! Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky When I ordered this book I had no idea how big it actually was. It is coffee table size!
    I own at least 5 other books on the Messier objects and this one does not disappoint.

    There are better Messier options for observers and historians, but this book is a real visual feast with some interesting info thrown
    into the mix.

    Highly recommended to Messierphiles. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky

    I received this book today and it's everything the hype says it is. Hard cover, beautiful, and complete. Everything is here, the comprehensive history, Messier's own notes, drawings and stunning pictures, all the basic facts about each object, a map of the full sky showing the location of all 110 objects, etc, etc. When I saw the photos of Messier's observatory at Hotel de Cluny in Paris, I realised with some dismay that I had been there without realising it's connection to Messier (It's now the Museum of the Middle Ages)! The book contains much than just information about the 110 objects. For example the diagrams on the spectral types of stars and stellar evolution are superb. This book is so complete, if you want just one book on the Messier objects this is it. Very strongly recommended. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky Great ! Very happy with it. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky This is by far the most impressive book on the Messier Objects that I've encountered. Large format high quality astrophotos in full color. Each object discussed in terms of history, astrophysics, and observation at the eyepiece. Ten full pages on M42 alone ! This book is absolutely top notch.

    I have two other Messier books: The Messier Album by Mallas and Kreimer, and The Messier Objects by O'Meara. Both of these books are useful, especially for visual observers, but Stoyan's book is in a class by itself. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky When I was in my teens I used to borrow a Messier objects book from the library when allowed to use the school telescope. This book far supercedes that book. Glorious detailed pictures of all the Messier objects with history and descriptions. There is also a 'what you can see in your own telescope' description. A big heavy book which appears to be a coffee table book, but is much than that. The research that went into producing it is admirable. If you like the Messier objects this book should be part of your library. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky I'm very happy with this book, and dip into it regularly, but the one thing it is'nt in my opinion is an atlas. I've seen several great books for finding stars and such ('Turn left at Orion' is a classy example of this type) but this one fills in for nights too cold or cloudy to use the telescope. Great pictures, interesting history and a little science about what the objects are, what they contain and a history of the man himself. I found it great value for money, and would recommend it very highly, but not as a star gazers guide. Atlas of the Messier Objects: Highlights of the Deep Sky Ë 4 Free read