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W & J Herschel - 450 DSO

In 1976 the Ancient City Astronomy Club in Florida published the Herschel 400 list of deep sky objects (DSO).
http://www.saguaroastro.org/content/...ERSHEL400.html
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=...page&q&f=false
It contains 107 OC, 33 GC, 7 Neb, 22 PN and 231 galaxies selected from William Herschel's catalogs of 2500 objects.
The Herschel 400 list does not include objects south of -33 degrees declination.

The attached file contains 410 DSO from both William and John Herschel's catalogs.
Note: The file in post #2 replaces this file.
These were selected from a list of 4,659 Herschel DSO.
The list of 410 includes southern objects and it also contains more nebulae than the Herschel 400. It contains:
72 OC brighter than mag 7.0.
72 GC, all the Herschel Milky Way GC.
55 Nebula, all the Herschel Milky Way nebulae.
56 PN, all the Herschel PN.
155 Galaxies brighter than mag 10.5.
Six LMC & 3 SMC objects are included.
Messier objects are not included.

All of these objects should be visible in a 16" Newtonian. A UHC filter will enhance most nebulae.
Four GC and 13 PN are fainter than mag 12. Some nebulae are also faint.
Most of these DSO were found by William Herschel (236 DSO), John Herschel (69), James Dunlop (69) and Lacaille (19).
The attached file includes a rough "map" of the 410 DSO.

Reference: http://www.klima-luft.de/steinicke/n...l_Hist_NGC.htm
http://books.google.com.au/books?id=...page&q&f=false
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W & J Herschel - 450 DSO

The 410 DSO list does not include some "clusters + nebulae" that are fainter than magnitude 7.
I decided to create a new list of 450 DSO (see the attached spreadsheet file) that includes them.

The William & John Herschel 450 deep sky object (DSO) list is made up of:
73 Herschel open clusters brighter than magnitude 7.0
74 Herschel globular clusters
66 Herschel nebulae (some are also clusters)
58 Herschel planetary nebulae
161 Herschel galaxies brighter than magnitude 10.5 and
18 objects in the LMC, SMC, M31 and M33.
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October

These 18 objects transit at about 10pm (11pm DST) in October, 8pm (9pm DST) in November.
They are all south of declination +45.

NGC Type Const Mag
7492 GC AQR 11.2
7507 Gxy SCL 10.4
7662 PN AND 8.3
7793 Gxy SCL 9.0
55 Gxy SCL 7.8
104 GC TUC 4.0
121 GC SMC 11.2
134 Gxy SCL 10.4
157 Gxy CET 10.4
206 in Gx M31 AND -
246 PN CET 10.9
247 Gxy CET 8.9
249 Neb SMC -
253 Gxy SCL 7.3
288 GC SCL 8.1
292 SMC TUC 2.2
300 Gxy SCL 8.1
346 Neb SMC -

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November

These 18 objects transit at about 10pm (11pm DST) in November, 8pm (9pm DST) in December.
They are all south of declination +45.

NGC Type Con Mag
362 GC TUC 6.8
404 Gxy AND 10.0
456 Neb SMC -
488 Gxy PSC 10.4
524 Gxy PSC 10.4
602 Neb SMC -
604 in M33 Gx TRI 12.0
613 Gxy SCL 9.9
720 Gxy CET 10.2
752 OC AND 5.7
772 Gxy ARI 10.3
891 Gxy AND 10.1
908 Gxy CET 10.2
925 Gxy TRI 9.9
936 Gxy CET 10.2
1023 Gxy PER 9.5
1049 GC in Fornax Dwarf 12.6
1097 Gxy FOR 9.5
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:34 AM
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Planetary Nebulae

The attached file lists all the Herschel PN south of dec +45.
The spreadsheet in post #2 gives the RA, dec etc
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thanks for a great resource Glen. This will keep a chap busy for a while.
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your time and effort are very much appreciated as a valuable IIS resource, if not commented upon by all members. Thanks very much.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:51 AM
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W & J Herschel nebulae

Thanks Allan and Patrick. Most people are happy with the Messier objects (and maybe the Caldwell objects) but some of us like more of a challenge.
Attached is a list of 71 W & J Herschel nebulae south of dec +45, including 10 LMC and 4 SMC nebulae. See the file in post #2 for the details.
Also see http://picasaweb.google.com/dunlop1826/NGCNebulae# for images of all the NGC nebulae in the Milky Way .
The images are from http://www.wikisky.org/
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Top stuff, Glen. A reasource that will be well plundered for future Challenge's, I'm sure.

This has sparked an idea for a Challenge theme for some time- the Dunlop Month. Aussie astronomer, Aussie website. Best thing is that his entire catalogue of objects is within reach of just about all amateur scopes, . I'll have to do a little more research on the Man too.

Many thanks Glen.
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Dunlop's Catalogue

Thanks Alexander,for Dunlop's catalogue see post #26 in http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/s...ad.php?t=47100
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Thanks Glen. A copy of O'Mearas "Herschell 400 Observing Guide" is on it's way to me at the moment and this will make a great additional resource when i begin trakcing them down.
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William Herschel

William and Caroline Herschel catalogued 2,467 DSO from London between 1782 and 1802. William discovered an amazing 2,444 of these!
His best years were 1784 to 1790. He catalogued 639 objects in one year, 1784, and 178 in one month, April 1785.
March (500 DSO in 20 years) and April (622 DSO in 20 years) were the most productive months.
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John Herschel at Slough

John found 506 new deep sky objects (DSO) between 1825 and 1832 from Slough 22 miles (36 km) west of London. Most of these were found in 1827, 1828 and 1831.
He was searching for his fathers objects, but failed to see about 800 of them. (32%)

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John Herschel at the Cape

John found 1,230 southern DSO when he was at the Cape in South Africa from 1834 to 1838. Most of these were found in the first 3 years 1834-36.
In September 1834 he catalogued a record 124 DSO.
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The Scientific Papers of Sir William Herschel

THE SCIENTIFIC PAPERS OF SIR WILLIAM HERSCHEL
The pdf file is 80Mb
http://archive.org/details/scientificpapers032804mbp

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The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects

The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects
This superb, all-purpose star atlas is the first of its kind devoted to observing the Herschel objects with binoculars and telescopes. It displays over 2500 of the most visually-attractive star clusters, nebulae and galaxies that were discovered by Sir William, Caroline and Sir John Herschel, and is a must-have for stargazers who want to explore these fascinating objects. Covering the entire sky from the North to the South Celestial Pole, and showing all 88 constellations, it is also a general sky atlas showing variable, double and multiple stars, and the Milky Way. Written by experienced observer James Mullaney and illustrated by renowned celestial cartographer Wil Tirion, this is a magnificent 'celestial roadmap' to some of the finest deep-sky showpieces. Spiral bound and printed in red-light friendly colors for use at a telescope, with color-coded symbols for easy recognition and identification, this is an all-purpose observing reference for all amateur observers. Additional resources, including a target list ordered by Herschel designation, are available to download from www.cambridge.org/9780521138178.
http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledg...e_locale=en_US

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Complementary material
Target list ordered by Herschel designation (9959KB, pdf)

http://booko.com.au/products/9780521138178

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The Cambridge Atlas of Herschel Objects contains 2524 deep sky objects.
541 open clusters
118 globular clusters
144 nebulae
56 planetary nebulae
1665 galaxies

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The Herschel Project

S&T contributing editor Rod Mollise is among the most influential American writers on amateur astronomy. His book The Urban Astronomerís Guide is considered a classic. In the August 2012 issue of S&T, he describes how he successfully completed the huge challenge of observing the 2,500 deep-sky objects compiled by William and Caroline Herschel in the late 1700s.
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/skyte...159623915.html
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Nine Men and a Lady

Recently I made a list of 1,837 NGC and IC objects.
203 open clusters - all the NGC and IC OC brighter than magnitude 8.
124 globular clusters - all the NGC and IC GC.
237 nebulae - all the NGC and IC nebulae.
130 planetary nebulae - all the NGC and IC PN.
1,143 galaxies - all the NGC and IC Gxy brighter than magnitude 12.

Ten people found more than 24 of these objects.
William Herschel found 824 of the 1,837 objects (45%)
* John Herschel found 354 objects (19%)
* James Dunlop found 156 objects (8%)
Edward E Barnard found 51 objects (3%)
Lewis Swift found 42 objects
Charles Messier found 38 objects
Williamina Fleming found 36 objects (she looked at plates taken in the USA and in Peru)
* DeLisle Stewart found 29 objects
Pierre Mechain found 26 objects
* Nicolas Lacaille found 25 objects
* observed from the southern hemisphere

You can read more about these 10 amazing people here:
http://www.klima-luft.de/steinicke/ngcic/obs_e.htm
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4624 ngc and ic objects

The NGC and IC catalogues contain:
3,370 galaxies brighter than magnitude 13
289 nebulae (all of them including OC/neb)
130 Planetary Nebulae (all of them)
661 Open Clusters (all of them)
124 Globular Clusters (all of them)
50 objects in other galaxies (all of them)

Six pople found more than 100 of these 4,624 NGC and IC objects:
1, William Herschel
2. John Herschel
3. James Dunlop
4. Lewis Swift
5. DeLisle Stewart
6. Edouard Stephan

The attached file lists the people who discovered more than 8 objects.
William and John Herschel did an amazing job.
Australia's first deep sky observer (James Dunlop) comes in third.

Yellow highlights those who observed from the southern hemishere.
The top 3 for each type are shown in white.
http://www.klima-luft.de/steinicke/ngcic/obs_e.htm
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