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Title:
The Caldwell objects
Author:
O'Meara, Stephen James, 1956-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Sky Pub. Corp. ; Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xv, 484 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780933346970

9780521827966
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

For more than two centuries, amateur astronomers have earned their stripes by observing the 109 star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies cataloged by French comet hunter Charles Messier. Sir Patrick Moore has compiled a new list of 109 deep-sky delights, the Caldwell Catalog, which covers the entire celestial sphere. Stephen James O'Meara has observed all 109 Caldwell objects and Deep Sky Companions presents his beautiful sketches and detailed visual descriptions and discusses each object's rich history and astrophysical significance. The latest fundamental data on each object are tabulated, and the book's star charts will lead observers to each object's precise location. Stephen James O'Meara is known worldwide for his precise drawings of astronomical objects as seen through the telescope. Among his many astronomical achievements, he was the first to sight Halley's Comet on its 1985 return; he noticed the dark spokes in Saturn's B ring before the Voyager 1 spacecraft imaged them; and he was the first person to determine the rotation period of the distant planet Uranus. The International Astronomical Union named asteroid 3637 O'Meara in his honor. He is also the author of Deep Sky Companions: The Messier Objects (Cambridge, 1998) and co-author with his wife, Donna Donovan O'Meara, of Volcanoes: Passion and Fury (Sky Publishing, 1994).


Reviews 2

Choice Review

O'Meara, an expert observer who wants to help amateur astronomers move to the next level in the study of the sky, writes about making visual observations of beautiful and important celestial objects. The Caldwell objects include star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, chosen to avoid the venerable Messier catalog, but which will, when mastered, present an excellent sampling of what is being studied in modern astrophysics. The list includes the Eta Carinae and Tarantula Nebulae, the great factories in which new stars are forming; Centaurus A and the Antennae, galaxies showing the effects of collisions or mergers; the Coal Sack, one thought to be the window to the void beyond the stars; and the beautiful globular cluster in Delphinus, which provided the key to astronomer Harlow Shapley's understanding of the size of the Milky Way. O'Meara gives clear instructions on finding each of the objects. As important, the description of each object is enriched by hints about observing techniques, anecdotes about his personal experiences, and, for many of the targets, a discussion of their significance in modern astronomy. An excellent book for someone with an interest in the skies and possessing a telescope. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers. D. E. Hogg National Radio Astronomy Observatory


Choice Review

O'Meara, an expert observer who wants to help amateur astronomers move to the next level in the study of the sky, writes about making visual observations of beautiful and important celestial objects. The Caldwell objects include star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies, chosen to avoid the venerable Messier catalog, but which will, when mastered, present an excellent sampling of what is being studied in modern astrophysics. The list includes the Eta Carinae and Tarantula Nebulae, the great factories in which new stars are forming; Centaurus A and the Antennae, galaxies showing the effects of collisions or mergers; the Coal Sack, one thought to be the window to the void beyond the stars; and the beautiful globular cluster in Delphinus, which provided the key to astronomer Harlow Shapley's understanding of the size of the Milky Way. O'Meara gives clear instructions on finding each of the objects. As important, the description of each object is enriched by hints about observing techniques, anecdotes about his personal experiences, and, for many of the targets, a discussion of their significance in modern astronomy. An excellent book for someone with an interest in the skies and possessing a telescope. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers. D. E. Hogg National Radio Astronomy Observatory


Table of Contents

ForewordPatrick Moore
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 About this book
2 The Caldwell Objects
3 Twenty spectacular non-Caldwell Objects
Appendices
Index