While the well known Messier objects and Caldwell objects are featured in Astronomical League Observing Programs making them popular amongst amateur observers and thus observing lists are readily available, published lists for "Hidden Treasures" and "The Secret Deep" are not as easily found. Why should this matter? In my opinion these two books represent a natural progression for any astronomer who has already observed Messier and Caldwell objects and is looking for another unique tour of the night sky.
In "Hidden Treasures" Stephen has created an original list of 129 objects including galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, planetary nebulae, and other objects not found in the Messier or Caldwell observing lists. Another 130 original objects are covered in "The Secret Deep" All 259 objects are easily accessible to a modest aperture of four to five inches in reasonably dark skies. To supplement the material in these two excellent observing resources I have compiled the lists of objects covered in each book and made them available for download in .skylist file format for SkySafari Plus and Pro.
There are 129 objects covered in the book "Hidden Treasures" including 20 additional Hidden Treasure objects listed in Appendix C.
Here is the link to the SkySafari observing list: "Hidden Treasures by Stephen J. O'Meara" in .skylist format:
There are 130 objects covered in the book "The Secret Deep" including 21 additional Secret Deep objects listed in Appendix B.
Here is the link to the SkySafari observing list: "The Secret Deep by Stephen J. O'Meara" in .skylist format:
*I have not yet acquired a copy of "Southern Gems". It is on my "wish list"!
Edited by GaryJCarter, 16 December 2018 - 02:51 PM.