Gallery of Messier Objects
This Catalogue of "nebulous" objects was compiled at the end of the 18th century by Charles Messier and contains some of the most interesting deep-sky objects visible from mid-northern latitudes. Majority of them were discovered by Messier and Pierre Mechain, but well known large objects such as Pleiades (M45) or Beehive (M44) were also included. After many updates, Messier finished his original Catalogue with M103. Additional objects (apparently found by him or Mechain, but omitted from the Catalogue) are now frequently included to the total of 110. Identities of M91 and M102 are somehow uncertain - below I follow the list published in RASC Observer's Handbook (1998).
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