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The Herschel Objects and How to Observe Them: Exploring Sir William Herschel's Star Clusters, Nebulae, and Galaxies (Astronomers' Observing Guides) [Kindle Edition]

James Mullaney
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Amateur astronomers – particularly deep-sky observers – are always on the lookout for new observing challenges. The Herschel Objects, and How to Observe Them offers the exciting opportunity of retracing the steps of the greatest visual observer and celestial explorer that ever lived. This is a practical guide to seeing the most impressive of Herschel’s star clusters, nebulae and galaxies. There has never been – and as of the time of submitting this proposal there still isn’t – an observer’s book devoted to the Herschel objects. The US-based Astronomical League has for several years sponsored a 'Herschel Club', reflecting the interest amateur astronomers have in this important but less widely known listing. The Herschel Objects, and How to Observe Them covers more than 600 of the brightest of the objects that Herschel saw, with detailed descriptions and images of 150 to 200 of the very best for viewing with amateur telescopes.

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"Mullaney packs an incredible amount of information into this 166-page book. … All in all, The Herschel Objects, and how to observe them is engaging, challenging, well-written, and comprehensive. So, if you love deep-sky observing – and even if you’ve observed the Astronomical League’s Herschel 400 – Mullaney’s book offers a new list with several hundred additional objects you’ll enjoy." (Michael Bakich, Astronomy Magazine, October, 2007)

"The Herschel Objects and How to Observe Them is a fine addition to the Springer series of observing guides. Mullaney has been observing the Herschel objects for many years and his passion for them clearly comes across. … Overall though, this is a book that will be a useful addition to any deep-sky observer’s library." (Paul Money, BBC Sky at Night, February, 2008)

"Mullaney begins with a well-written biographical sketch of Herschel and his family, and explains the significance of the work of this great observational astronomer. … the objects are illustrated with excellent images obtained using a modern charge-coupled device (CCD) system. The book concludes with a list of 618 targets that would provide for a lifetime of study. The book will be of greatest interest to experienced observers who wish to push on to the most challenging deep sky objects. … Summing Up: Recommended. General readers." (D. E. Hogg, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (6), February, 2008)

"The book opens with a few short chapters on Herschel himself together with a brief introduction to observing techniques … . rounded out with some objects that the author regards as showpieces that were not discovered by Herschel. Any collection of these will of course be very subjective. … I found the book’s reproductions to be a cut above the usual Springer ones and the book does offers something sufficiently different … and the Astronomical League guides to make it worth adding to your collection." (Owen Brazell, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1203), 2008)

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Deep-sky observers are always on the lookout for new observing challenges.

The Herschel Objects, and How to Observe them offers an exciting opportunity to retrace the footsteps of Sir William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus and arguably the greatest visual observer and celestial explorer that ever lived!

Following a biography of Herschel that details his life and the telescopes he used, this practical observer’s guide lists all the most impressive of Herschel’s star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.

More than 600 of the brightest of the objects that Herschel observed are covered, and there are detailed descriptions and images of almost 200 of the very best Herschel objects for amateur astronomers.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3826 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Springer New York; 1 edition (23 July 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SES438
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,328,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Herschel Objects and How to Observe Them 7 Jan. 2013
By Allan
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I gave the book four stars as I haven't completed it, but what I have read is very good giving an in depth explanation of William Herschel history and his instruments. Any DSO observer will enjoy retracing Herschel's footsteps and rediscovering many of his star clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Herschel Objects... 25 Dec. 2012
By Larry Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting background on Herschel. Mullaney's writing technique makes me feel like I'm setting along-side Herschel and his sister as they view the stars in the cold solitude of a winter's night. Descriptions and locations of each object offers just enough detail to aid in finding Herschel's Objects but leaves the subject open ended so I can form my own thoughts and opinions along the way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Mullaney is someone I have actually met. He write well This book has some short passage on better observing techniques 1 Jan. 2014
By rhodoguru - Published on Amazon.com
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His comment on observing methods really were helpful and explained for both of us why we liked particular lenses for our 8" SCT.
A good book for any beginning amateur astronomer and likely more experienced hobbyists.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 Jan. 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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another good reference. it gives more targets than just messiers and caldwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much detail 3 Jun. 2015
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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Not much detail. Covers just a few of the objects.
2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 13 April 2009
By C. A. R. p - Published on Amazon.com
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great product.... as an amateur astronomer is good to have a nice guide to everything thats important
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