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Messier's first true discovery


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About this observation
Nick Hewitt
Time of observation
05/04/2016 - 00:00
Messier 3 in Canes Venatici
Observing location
Billing, Northampton
APM 152mm f7 doublet
Canon D650
Lodestar guider
EQ6 mount
No filter
10 x 90 seconds ISO 1600

Charles Messier, the "Comet-Ferret" died 200 years ago this night. He was a great comet observer, but almost by accident compiled the first great Deep Sky catalogue in an attempt to exclude nebulous objects that may be confused with these Solar System objects. Ironically, it is with his catalogue that his fame now rests in the 21st century.

The 3rd entry of the 110 in his catalogue was his first true Deep Sky discovery (3rd May 1764), the spectacular globular cluster in the Hunting Dogs. Raise a glass to his memory!

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