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
(ftp.seds.org), now accessible as an archive via http
It is also posted to the mailing list astro at mindspring.com and various
newsgroups including sci.astro and sci.astro.amateur when modifications
.. besides this list :)
- Images of all Messier objects, and information on Messier and the M objects:
Thanks to Chris Lewicki, Guy McArthur, and the other UA SEDS staff for
providing this service !
In addition to the image collection, these pages contain descriptions,
historic and observational materials, as well as a discussion of the
last possibly missing object, M102. Also, there are sections treating the
Messier Marathon, similar and historic catalogs, the history of deepsky
discovery, and a Twelve Month Tour of the Messier catalog, among others.
It is planned to enlarge (and hopefully enrich) these pages with all
Messier-related stuff suited for the Web;
submit any contributions to me.
Thanks to all contributers !
The Messier pages have now several mirrors
around the world, and there are translations into the
German language by co-author
Italian language by
Mario Farina, and into the
by Bernard Trézéguet.
- ftp archive:
Here, M92 is still missing, but images are contained in
M102 is also missing, but again
contains an image of the candidate
The M102 discussion and NGC 5866 images are also available
in various file formats in "/pub/info/messier/".
- ftp archive:
Contains the test version of LFK's Messier Observers Guide, an ascii
version of the Messier catalog, Messier Marathon sequences and observing
form, my article on M102, images of Charles Messier, a Messier object
poster, and the M102 candidate NGC 5866, Jeff Bondono's "messymag"
refrerence list, my List of Messier Goodies (this file), the List of
Common Names for Messier Objects, and two collections of OS/2 icons of all
Messier objects. Descriptions are at other places in this doc.
Images and descriptions of some objects, planned to contain all:
Images of the Messier objects from the Digital Sky Survey were posted to
the newsgroup alt.binaries.pictures.astro by R. Bright, and are collected
by Bill Arnett on SEDS' internet server, accessible at
(actually the same directory, which may also be accessed by gopher as
can be figured out from above description)
- Messier images from the Catania Astrophysical Observatory, Italy:
Images of several to many Messier and other objects are also on
(thanks to Bill Keel, Frank Roussel, and Steven Williams for info)
Twelve Month Tour of The Messier Catalog by Tony Cecce, Corning, NY
is posted monthly :-) to the mailing list ASTRO at mindspring.com.
Accessible online at
Astronomical League's Messier object binocular observing info
provides a steadily growing file of
Messier Object references in magazines and books:
provides a set of Messier Charts at
and Messier Marathon Log Sheets in various formats at
Robert Casey has made a composit "poster"
of all Messier objects, which also appeared on alt.binaries.pictures.astro.
List of Common Names for Messier Objects, compiled by me (Hartmut Frommert).
Lists all Common Names I could find, in various "official" sources and
as propositions. Residing on
a html version is at
Posted to the mailing list astro at mindspring.com and various newsgroups
including sci.astro and sci.astro.amateur.
You are invited to supply all additional common names you know for them !
Just contact me.
More links to Messier related sites can be found in
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