Additions and comments to this list are always welcome.
Please contact me.
Version 0.8, compiled by
Thanks to Chris Lewicki,
this file has now found a very good place on the famous ftp server
It may be accessed as follows:
It is also posted to the mailing list astro at mindspring.com and various
newsgroups including sci.astro and sci.astro.amateur when modifications
including FTP-Mail, e.g. to ftpmail at seds.org
to www.seds.org, go to
"SEDS ANONYMOUS FTP SITE (FTP.SEDS.ORG) | info | messier | m-goodie"
On a WWW client, the URL is
.. besides this list :)
Note: These books may also serve as observing aids.
Messier Observer's Guide (without M102),
by Larry Kalinowski, 15674 Flanagan, Roseville, MI 48066 (USA). Shareware.
For each object: Map (finder chart), + small scope/bino illustration image.
IBM PC 286 up, Dos 2.11 up. Described e.g. in Astronomy Feb 1995, p.96.
Now, the 50 objects test version is av online:
(thanks to Jeff Bondono
and Chris Lewicki for uploading)
Messier Logging System, by Luis Arguelles, Version 1.0.
Gives basic data, descriptions and an image of each object, and
enables logging of own observational data.
Based on Borland Database Engine, running on Windows 95/NT 4.0+ only.
Download from Web:
MESSMARA from COAA (Algarve, Portugal).
For a given location and night, this program generates graphs and lists of
the Messier objects observable in that night.
Available for Windows 3.x (up) only.
The Ultimate Messier Object Log, by David Green.
Database file for FileMaker Pro 4.0 (av for Mac, Windows; more ?) with descriptions,
icon images, and space fore observing notes. Download from web:
Messier OS/2 icons:
OS/2 icons for all 110 Messier object, including M102 candidate NGC 5866.
Produced by me (Hartmut Frommert). Freeware (but I don't object donations).
Messier GIF icons (from the
SEDS Messier pages):
These icons were produced and archived by
Guy "Smiley" McArthur.
Kenneth Glyn Jones. Messier's Nebulae and Star Clusters.
Sky Publishing 1968, 2nd ed 19XX. 427p. A great handbook and resource !
to historical and astronomical background together with data, historic and
newer descriptions with a finder chart, drawing, and photo (in appendix)
for each object, plus biographical and historical material on Messier and
the other discoverers and early researchers of the Messier objects.
John Mallas and Everitt Kreimer.
The Messier Album. Sky Publishing 1978
Messier biography (by Owen Gingerich), reprint of Messier's original
catalog (in French), descriptions for each object (but M102) with finder
chart, drawing (from 4") and b/w photo (12 1/2"). Messier object chart of
the Heavens, check list, color photos of some
38,42/43,45,46,51,57,62,65/66/N3628,80,81/82,97,101,104). viii+248 p.
Sky Publishing # 46042
Atlas of Deep Sky Splendors. Vehrenberg+Sky Publishing
1st ed 196X, 4th edition 198X. Original title: `Mein Messier-Buch'
(My Messier Book). Schmidt photo charts of all Messier and many other Deep
Sky objects in same scale, partially color, descriptions, some with photos
from observatories. 242 p.
Messier Marathon Observer's Guide -- Handbook and Atlas.
Make Wood Products, P.O.Box 1716, Colfax, CA 95713 (USA). Interesting stuff
on Charles Messier, his comets, his catalog including discussion of
"nebulous" (missing, stellar, and the star cloud) and "add-on" objects,
a catalog, finder charts, plus proposed Marathon. 97 p.
Also available from
Sky Publishing # 46050.
Astro Cards Set 1, The Messier Objects.
Index card finder charts for all 110
Messier objects; well suited for use at the telescope.
Astro Cards, P.O.Box 35, Natrona Heights, PA 15065;
E-Mail: AstroCards at aol.com
Russ Dickman (dickman at psln.com)
has published a booklet of convenient Messier finder charts for use at the
telescope. For each Messier object, two charts for finding and some data
are presented. More information is available by email, or
The Messier Card. Chart + table (on back) of all M's (but M102) + 20 others.
Sky Publishing # S0001
(unlaminated) or # S001L (Laminated)
This section contains what I'd like to see/get, but looked in vain still..
The Messier Objects, poster (24x36).
Sky Publishing # S0066
Messier Mug, 15 1/2-ounce ceramic cup with Messier catalog printed.
MindMatter Publishing, P.O. Box 1599, Soquel, CA 95073-1599.
E-Mail: 74462.2452 at compuserve.com
(Phone: +1-408-479-7359, Fax: -7180)
35 mm slide set of all 110 Messier objects.
Actually, several such would be fine: professional + amateurs
but I still miss some slides at all yet.
Last Modification: January 25, 1998