3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects (Hardcover)
I was about 30 messiers in when I got this book for Christmas. The intro is very interesting, as are the descriptions of each object. The author clearly knows his stuff and the information he gives is useful when hunting for the objects.
The author claims to be able to see to about mag 9 with the naked eye. Nice skies if you can get them! However he does describe what he can see with a 4 inch scope, so that does redress the balance a bit. I didn't give the book 5 stars because of the seriously weird pictures he draws of some of the clusters. The black and white photographs of each object are fairly poor but the drawings of what you can see through the eye piece are of more interest to most people. Fair enough he stresses that observing is very subjective, and some people may see certain shapes within open clusters. But to draw a space invaders type ship and a monkey being attacked by a snake, or some such weirdness wasn't really called for. Fortunately he only messes up about a dozen of the sketches. The rest are genuinely useful.