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 about them. 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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