The Messier catalog, compiled by astronomer Charles Messier in the 18th Century and has been revised over the years, by amateurs and professionals in the field of astronomy. This catalog includes fascinating deep sky objects that can be observed from Earth’s Northern Hemisphere. Few of these objects that can be watched with stunning details using a larger telescope but are also bright enough to be seen through a small telescope under the clear dark skies. Properties of the objects make them extremely popular targets for amateur astronomers possessing all levels of experience and equipment. Messier objects are also the prime attraction of photographers who are passionate about clicking and processing deep sky objects as the final results are worthy of all the hard work they put in together.
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