Messier Images
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This page has links to my pictures of Messier objects. What's a Messier object?  See below.

M1M2M3M4 (solo), M4 (wider) and Antares (wide)
M5M6 (New 2014)M7, older  M7M8 (solo), old M20 & M8 together, Starcloud area
M9 (wide angle via mouseover)M10M11 DSLR towards bottomM12
M13M14M15M16 (pillars of creation area)
M17 (Swan/Omega Nebula)M18M19M20 (solo), M20 & M8 together, Starcloud area
M21M22M23 (Starcloud page)M24 starcloud & N Sag
M25 Milky Way/Pipe NebulaM26M27M28
M29M30M31-main,  M31 and 20DaM32 with M31
M33M34M35M36 Auriga & 36/38 photo
M37Auriga & 36/38photoM39M40
M41 and M41M42 20Da, M42 (film) and D100 AstroM43 Orion Area 300mmM44 (Beehive)
M45 (The Pleiades) , M45 + CometM46 and M47M46 and M47M48 (scroll down)
M49M50M 51 M52 and Bubble Nebula
M57M58 & M89M59 and M60M59 and M60
M61M62 (scroll down)M63 SunflowerM64 Black Eye
M65 Leo TrioM66 Leo TrioM67M68
M69 (bottom)M70M71M72
M81 and M82M81 and M82M83 nice spiralM84 Markarian
M85M86 MarkarianM87M88
M89 & M58M90M91M92 (bottom)
M93 (scroll down)M94M95M96, M105
Galaxies M97, M108M98M99M100
M96, M105M106M107Galaxies M108, M97
M109M110 with M31ClustersNebula Pictures
Dick Locke's Astrophoto Gateway pageImages Home All images cropped, resized, and lightly tweaked in Photoshop.Galaxy Index
Jay Wrathall has a nice Messier Gallery and is using my M42 and M45 images.   

What's a Messier Object?

The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects catalogued by Charles Messier in his catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters first published in 1774. The original motivation behind the catalogue was that Messier was a comet hunter, and was frustrated by objects that looked like comets, but were not comets. He therefore compiled a list of these objects.   This list is very popular with astronomers for obvious reasons: they're relatively easy to find and beautiful to observe.  More info:'s a link to good list of the objects, along with simple finder charts.

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Canon 20Da First Light
New M45
Book Cover Moon
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Dick Locke's Astrophoto Gateway page....
Canon D20a and Nikon D100 noise comparison here.
Astrophotography: Clusters
New for 2005: NHAC - moon and mercury pictures and New Galaxy Photos -
NHAC Pix - Comet Machholz & The Pleiades (The Seven Sisters)


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Paul D.'s Messier Page

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