I’m very new to astronomy and have spent a number of months now
developing an astronomer’s eye. I know where things should be but
have had real problems finding the fainter objects. Even on clear nights
it’s been hard to find things if I don’t know what they’re meant to look
like. Once I’ve found something and am familiar with its appearance,
seeing it again is relatively straightforward.
It occurred to me that what I needed was an easy visual guide to the
various objects. This would then `prime` my eye when out looking for
the fainter wonders of the universe. Numerous existing publications
contain the same data but are more bulky in physical size and
information than I care to carry with me. Hence this booklet which I
compiled for my own use.
I’m purely a visual observer and just want to look at what’s out there. I
only need to know what something may look like and if I’ve got a chance
of seeing it. That’s why the magnitude figures are also included.
The images here are often of Hubble quality and won’t look nearly as
spectacular in amateur instruments. A lot will be a faint smudge if visible
at all. They at least give you an idea though of what to look out for.
There are a lot of free resources made available to the amateur
astronomer by some wonderful altruistic people who have put in a lot
of time and effort for the benefit of others. As this was compiled to be
useful to me, it must be of use to others also and is my attempt at
providing a little something in return. I hope people find it beneficial in
the pursuit of this fascinating hobby.
All information contained in this booklet has been taken from various
internet sources. As all the best publications say- E&OE.
To download please click on link below.