Messier Indexes

Click on the image for accessing each Messier object directly

  • Index of Messier Objects with image icons or in text mode
  • Messier Object Datafile with image icons or in text mode
  • Messier Objects by Type, Right Ascension, Declination, or visual magnitude
  • Messier Objects by Constellation in image icons or in text mode or as short table
  • Messier Object Photo List in image icons or in text mode (including world wide links).
  • Messier's Original Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters - Scans of the Original Messier Catalog, Messier biography, & other Historic Messier Stuff
  • Historical Observations and Descriptions of the Messier Objects

  • Icon Sheet: Clickable icons for all Messier objects in one screen,
    or static Messier poster (195k jpg).
    Create this poster online by yourself (this link loads all the icons on runtime)
    More Messier Posters
  • [Image Browser] Quick browser for our Messier images
  • [DSSM]DSSM image browser (Images from the Digital Sky Survey, collected by Bill Arnett)
  • Messier Object Of The Week
  • Midnight Culminations: When to observe the Messier Objects best
  • Homogeneous brightness and size estimates of the Messier Objects, by Don Machholz
  • NGC and IC numbers associated with Messier objects
  • Cross-Reference list of other catalog numbers for Messier objects
  • Messier objects as in Sky Atlas and Sky Catalogue 2000.0
  • Messier Objects in the Uranometria 2000.0 (data from Deep Sky Field Guide)
  • Messier Objects in APOD (from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day)
  • NED data for the Messier Objects (from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED))
  • Messier Catalog References
  • Complete Icon Reference
  • Some basis astronomical terms used in the Messier pages; small deep sky glossary

  • Messier Marathon: The Ultimate Observing Experience
  • The Hottest Messier Stuff Available
  • Constellation index of all constellations containing at least one Messier object; Constellations and Stars pages (Chris Kronberg)
  • Other Catalogs and Observing Lists more or less similar to the Messier Catalog
  • Historical Deep Sky Objects: List of all 152 Deep Sky Object discovered before William Herschel began his extensive survey in September, 1782, in various formats
  • Indexes for the Non-Messier Objects in this database
  • Biographies of Deep Sky Astronomers: Discoverers, Persons important for the Messier Catalog or in Messier's life, Comet Discoverers, etc.
  • List of Contributors

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    Hartmut Frommert
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    Last Modification: September 23, 2007