The showpiece of the Pisces constellation is NGC 628 (M74), the one and only Messier object
to be found in Pisces.
While observing this part of the sky, set yourself a challenge by seeing if you can spot deep sky Messier object
M57, the famous Ring Nebula in the constellation of Lyra.
The bottom line of the bowl, indicated by Beta and Gamma Ursae Majoris, brings us to the next Messier object
Also known as Messier Object
57 and NGC 6720, it is one of the best examples of a planetary nebula, a shell of material ejected from a dying star.
Following behind Bootes is the constellation of Hercules which contains the beautiful Messier object
Charles Messier was essentially a comet-hunter and began his catalogue in order not to mistake an existing Messier object
for a new and exciting comet appearing on the scene.
The brightest external galaxy to be found in Cetus is Messier 77--the only Messier object
in the constellation.
Each Messier object
is accompanied by a spectacular amateur photograph in colour; some of the best of the objects have historical drawings too, and some have drawings by Stoyan himself.
I would rate Hydra's final, most easterly Messier object
as the most difficult in the catalogue: it was the last I 'collected' (in 2005) in my 32-year campaign to observe them all.
Until now the Section archive did not have observations of all the Messier objects
, but in June the final three were added.
Database objects include: planets, Sun, Moon, asteroids, comets, Messier objects
, nebulae, galaxies, NGC star catalog, and more.
If the sky is clear, the crescent moon, Jupiter and a selection of bright Messier objects
- first recorded in 1771 - will be observed though the society's main observatory telescope and portable telescopes will be available as well.