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An Observing Log Book
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French astronomer Charles Messier listed 110 of the most
beautiful objects available to amateur observers and their
telescopes. Messier was a comet hunter, and his purpose was
to provide a list of previously discovered objects that were
not comets. Instead, the Messier Catalog marked the start of
a new era of deep-sky astronomy, and the tradition of
observing the galaxies, clusters, and nebulae on Messier’s
list is still alive today.
Club sponsored by the Astronomical League is the premier
observing project for amateur astronomers. This book will
provide you with an easy way to log your Messier
observations, and will make it easy for you to keep track of
your progress as you work your way through the program. In
the end, this book will become a valuable reference tool for
you, and make it easy for you to submit your observations
for certification upon completion of the program.
The Astronomer's Messier
Journal is a book that any amateur astronomer pursuing
Messier Club Certification will benefit from.
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The Astronomer's Messier Journal
is an 8.5x11 inch soft cover, spiral-bound book with many
The Messier Journal
consists of 55 log pages containing 2 of the 110 objects on the
Messier List on each page. The Messier objects are
listed in order by number.
Each listing is already filled
in with the essential information on each
object, including NGC Number, Right Ascension and
Declination, Visual Magnitude, the Type of Object, and the
Constellation in which it can be located. There is also a
reference image of each object, as well as a constellation map
to help you find the object. Right Ascension and
Declination have been updated to Epoch 2000. There is plenty
of space in each entry to be filled in by the user with a
brief description of the object when it is observed.
Each page is printed on
heavyweight paper to minimize “see through” characteristics,
contains defined fields of entry, and provides generous space
for the observer's notes and additional information on the
We all know
the virtues of writing down what you see and keeping accurate
records. The Astronomer's Messier Journal makes it that
much easier to successfully complete the Messier Club in
an organized and economical way.
Clear skies! Good Observing!
Fight light pollution!
Exclusively from the American
Association of Amateur Astronomers
Essential Tools for
Start Keeping an
One thing that I have come to realize
in regard to this hobby that we love, is that I haven't
always developed the good observing habits that I should
have. Foremost of the habits I "should have" developed
is the practice of keeping a log of my observations. This
is one habit that I now intend to develop, because of the
huge benefit that this one thing could have done for me
as I become more advanced in amateur astronomy. Because
I taught myself this hobby from childhood and did not have
a mentor to help, I missed out on learning to use this
fundamental tool. If I had kept a log all these years,
I would have had 35 years worth of notes on all of the
objects that I have looked at. What an asset this would
have been for my efforts as president of my club, and as
contributor to its newsletter. When I write the 'Constellation
Close-up' articles, how nice it would be to have such a
logbook, rather than just my memory, to rely on. And now
that I am supposed to be the "mentor," I find
myself encouraging others to do something that I have not
done (but I am going to start doing). Therefore, I am going
to get a copy of the Astronomer's Messier Journal
and Observing Log to help me start doing just that.
Please learn from my mistakes, and don't end up years later
regretting that you "should have," like I do
now. - DK
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