Review: The Complete Guide To The Herschel Objects
Posted 06 January 2013 - 09:49 AM
By Fred Rayworth
Posted 06 January 2013 - 07:23 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:29 PM
Posted 09 January 2013 - 07:28 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:58 AM
KidOrion, sort of agree. That would have been nice to have the Herschel I and II objects flagged. I was tempted to flag them myself but don't want to mark up such a beautiful book, so I won't. I also have them listed separately already so no need to. However, for others doing the lists it might help. Then again, the Herschel I and II lists are creations of the Astronomical League so I guess it's best to use them as the source anyway. The author is in no way associated with them, as far as I know.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:21 PM
I wish it had more images in it.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:15 PM
Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:40 PM
Another concern that I have seen is that some readers are reluctant to take the book with them to an observing site. We anticipated this. If you go to the book's webpage at:
and click the "Resources" button, you can download a Word or Excel file of the complete Herschel catalogue as it appears in the book. The list identifies the objects by NGC and Herschel number, provides positions in RA and Dec (2000.0), as well as type of object and constellation location. The Word file runs about 50 pages and can be printed out to provide a handy checklist at your observing site. The Excel file is sortable, of course, and subfiles can be created to facilitate mini observing projects (like observing all the Herschel objects in Leo, for instance).
William Herschel's catalogue is a fascinating and challenging observing project, which I encourage all serious observers to undertake. Good luck to all of you in all your observing endeavours!
Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:40 PM
Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:24 PM
Thanks so much for the kind words on my review.
Your book rocks!
I hope my review helps get it out there to more people because it's an observing guide that people can actually use. As someone deep into the Herschels, it's already helping me with some of those stubborn ones I'm looking for.
Thanks for doing all the up-to-date groundwork.
Also the links to the files!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:14 PM
I've normally bought Steve's books, but for my purpose this looks like a much better book, using goto I just don't need the "how to find" that Steve provides.
From what I saw on Amazon with the internal page views this really is a very nice resource.