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Stephen J. O'Meara
Deep-Sky Companions
The Caldwell Objects

For more than two centuries, amateur astronomers have earned their stripes by observing the 109 star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies cataloged by French comet hunter Charles Messier. Now a new list of 109 equally appealing deep-sky delights is bringing a new generation of astronomers even closer to the beauty and mystery of the night sky.

Carefully compiled by Sir Patrick Moore, the Caldwell Catalog covers the entire celestial sphere, highlighting cosmic wonders for observers worldwide. Stephen James O’Meara has tirelessly observed all 109 Caldwell objects. Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects presents not only his beautiful sketches and detailed visual descriptions - it discusses each object’s rich history and astrophysical significance. The latest fundamental data on each object are tabulated, and the book’s star charts will lead observers to each object’s precise location.

This book is co-published with Sky Publishing Corporation.

Table of Contents
  • Foreword by Patrick Moore
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. About this book
  • 2. The Caldwell Objects
  • 3. Twenty spectacular non-Caldwell Objects
  • Appendices
  • Index


"After his brilliant Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects, Steve O’Meara has done it again. [This book] is a beautifully written, personal guide for observing 109 of the most beautiful objects in the night sky, plus 20 more personally chosen deep-sky treasures. Coupled with O’Meara’s own meticulous observations, the rich observational history and current scientific knowledge of each object bring this book to life, and the depth of O’Meara’s writing makes it a real gem."
(David H. Levy, Parade Science Editor and codiscoverer of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9)

"Stephen O’Meara’s Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects is an indispensable guide for anyone who observes the night sky with a quality amateur telescope from a reasonably dark place. Here are tips for viewing - and understanding! - more than one hundred entrancing galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae available to the backyard enthusiast. With its wealth of scientific and historical information, and its poetic sensibility, the book gave me immense pleasure even before I left my easy chair."
(Chet Raymo, author of 365 Starry Nights and An Intimate Look at the Night Sky)

"This wonderful observing guide is a testament to what experience, persistence, and dark skies can reveal to the patient deep-sky observer. O’Meara’s essays are interwoven with a tapestry of background material that lends depth and richness to the observing experience. His skilled observations and side jaunts to obscure targets give both novice and seasoned skygazers fresh vistas to seek and explore."
(Sky & Telescope, Sue French, contributing editor and leading New York astronomer)

"...given the author's renowned observing skills and exceptional location ... The essays are delightfully descriptive and informative prose relating to the discovery, history and morphology of the objects spiced with many observing tips and comments on nearby objects."
(Astronomy and Space)

"Award-winning amateur astronomers and writer Stephen James O’Meara has written the definitive guide to the Caldwell catalogue ... this book has the potential to become ‘the bible’ for deep-sky amateur astronomers."

Cambridge University Press, 2003, 500 S.
38,10 Euro
Sondereinband, w. 100 line-diagr. and 146 half-tones as well as 103 maps
ISBN: 978-0-521-82796-6

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