Deep Sky Collections and Catalogs

Historically important Deep Sky Catalogs and Lists

In addition to these catalogs which are available online, some other historic observing lists, mostly from the 19th century, may still be suited for amateur workthrough, in particular:

Other Deep Sky Catalogs and Observing Lists

Other recommended offline lists and resources:

Objects, especially those which are fainter and less suited for amateur observations, are often designated by catalog numbers from professional catalogs; look at a list of some common deep sky catalogs.

If you know of further collections or catalogs of Deep Sky objects suited for our online collection please notify me.

Hartmut Frommert
Christine Kronberg

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