CCD Images of Messier Objects:
Note: This is a secondary mirror site of the main messier archive
located here .
If you find some images missing here then go there.
These objects were discovered in the 18th century and were catalogued
so that eyeball observers using small telescopes would not confuse them
with comets. With the naked eye as a detector, most of these objects appear
as dim grayish blobs. They are considered a challenge to find for many
amateur astronomers. These objects are generally of large angular
size and hence larger than the typical field of view of many CCD
detector systems; hence CCD images of these objects are somewhat rare
compared to photographic ones. In this resource, we offer CCD images of many
of these objects, taken with a variety of different telescopes,
along with a description or narration of brief facts
Where appropriate we have linked additional images or diagrams
to further explain their properties or structure.
Messier Objects 1-9:
Messier Objects 10-19:
Messier Objects 20-29:
Messier Objects 30-39:
Messier Objects 50-59:
Messier Objects 100+:
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