Books  Physical Sciences  Cosmology & Astronomy 

The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas

Handbook / ManualAtlas

By: Don Machholz

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Oct 2002 | #131722 | ISBN: 0521803861
Availability: Usually dispatched within 6 days Details
NHBS Price: £45.99 $56/€52 approx

About this book

The Messier Catalogue is a list of one hundred and ten galaxies, star clusters and nebulae, and includes many of the brightest and best-known objects in the sky. Amateur astronomers can challenge their abilities by attempting to find all the objects on the list in one night, and thus complete the Messier Marathon. This book contains over 90 easy-to-use star maps to guide the observer from one object to the next, and provides tips for a successful night of observing.

'! a joy to read. It is well laid out, the text and diagrams are clear and well printed and anyone who would like to try and undertake the task of observing the entire Messier list in a single night will find this book a valuable and practical resource.' Darren Bushnall, Popular Astronomy 'With key observing hints and an excellent sequenced atlas, this book guides you through the process of selecting, finding and hopefully observing!' Astronomy & Space


Introduction; Part I. Handbook: 1. Charles Messier; 2. The Messier Catalogue; 3. The Messier Marathon; 4. Other Marathons; Glossary, Greek alphabet and further reading; Part II. Atlas.

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!


Don Machholz is an amateur astronomer and keen writer, living in California. This is his fourth astronomy book.

Bestsellers in this subject

Cycles of Time

NHBS Price: £24.99 $31/€28 approx

Observing the Night Sky with Binoculars

NHBS Price: £24.99 $31/€28 approx

Galaxy: Mapping the Cosmos

NHBS Price: £14.99 $18/€17 approx

NASA Mars Rovers Owners' Workshop Manual

Clearance price: £5.50 £21.99 (Save £16.49) $7/€6 approx

Guide to the Night Sky

NHBS Price: £3.50 $4/€4 approx