A new “Visual Guide to Messier Objects” e-book is available as a free download. The 224 page book was written by Tamás Horváth and György Varga and is available through the Vega Astronomical Association, an amateur astronomy club in Hungary.
As the authors note about the e-book, “With the spread of astrophotography, and especially digital astrophotography, we get a very different picture of deep-sky objects than what our ancestors could have seen for centuries by peering into their telescopes. Fortunately, many people still observe visually today, but most astrophotos are taken with long exposure times and are published with strong post-procession. The result, although very spectacular, has little to do with what we can see in the telescope. In many cases, novice telescope owners are disappointed that the deep-sky objects seen in the eyepiece are not as bright as they saw in the photos, in addition, most of them appear completely colorless. With this album, we want to bring the objects of Messier’s list closer, to make them look in our photos and drawings as – with some perseverance – we can see them in amateur telescopes.
The book, shown here in its Hungarian version, is also available in English. You can learn more about the “Visual Guide to Messier Objects” e-book here.
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