The Vorontsov-Velyaminov Catalogue of Interacting Galaxies (Part I) - Dr. Boris Vorontsov-Velyaminov of Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow University, created this list of interacting galaxies in 1959. A majority of the systems were found on the POSS plates from the Palomar 48-inch Schmidt astrograph. The original Part I list contained 355 systems, many of which are listed by Dr. Halton Arp AFTER Dr. V-V did his list. Note: This observing guide will contain only the non-Arp VV objects as the Arp are covered in my publication, Observing the Arp Peculiar Galaxies. NEW!
Galaxies (New) -
of 60+ variable galaxies, most are observable with a
20-22" class telescope. This class of objects
includes BL Lacertae, Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and
Optically Violent Variable quasars (OVV).
Local Group – Local group galaxies
within our celestial backyard. I've used SEDS
and NED as sources to determine which members are
within our "local" group or not. Some of
the Local Group Members are close enough where you can
see some their globular clusters, H-II, OB regions and
open clusters. They are clearly marked and
offers a great challenge for those with large
telescopes. (76 pages) Updated March 2013
Galaxy Groups - Small Galaxy
Groups inspired by the Astronomical League Galaxy
Clusters Observing Club with some additional
selections. 60+ groups.
8” or larger scope.
Trios and Triple Systems - Galaxy Trios
inspired by Miles Paul’s list and by Astronomical League
Galaxy Groups Observing Club. There are much more
than the two original lists, some very very challenging
for large telescopes such as my 30" reflector. Some
lensed quasars are also included in this file, such as the
Double Quasar in Ursa Major
and Einstein’s cross in Pegasus. 200 trios and triple systems.
8” or larger scope. (257 pages)
Bonus: This file also contains a selection of easiest gravitational lensed quasars!
(April 2013): Completed the KTG Catalogue
by adding the rest of them, about 14 more.
Enhanced a few DSS images and finder charts to reduce
clutter and increase clarity. April 2013 - added 4 more
Galaxies - A selection of 170+ Flat
Galaxies from the Revised Flat Galaxy Catalogue.
Many are dim and requires
a large telescope. I recommend a 16" or larger
scope to tackle the majority of objects in this
list. Note: This is the first
release. I am most likely to make revisions
including adding new flat galaxies. The Revision
History page will list the revisions. (193
Ring Galaxies - A
selection of ring galaxies generated by a good friend,
He observes about 15 times a month with his 48”
f/4 reflector. Some of them
are pretty tough and will require a very large
telescope, such as Jimi’s 48" reflector.
Major update. (April 2013): Added 15 (total) new ring galaxies along with other minor enhancements.
Selected Shakhbazian Galaxy Groups - Very challenging compact galaxy groups, much more challenging than the Hickson Compact Galaxy Groups. Dr. Shakhbazian el al published a list of 377 groups. Selected 60+ groups. A large scope, 20” or larger, is strongly recommended. (76 pages)
Minor update. (March 2013)
The Rose Catalogue of Compact Galaxies - Dr. James A. Rose wrote a paper discussing a small selection of 33 northern and 5 southern very compact galaxy groups for large telescopes. This list is considered to be a bit more challenging than the Hickson Galaxy Groups. Recommend 18" or larger scope as most are very small and dim. All object in this list is visible in the spring months. (87 pages)
Updated March 2013 Enhanced throughout. Added several observations with the 48" reflector.
Clusters - In
1958, Dr. George Abell complied a list using POSS1
plates consisting of 2712 galaxy clusters (limited
to -27 degrees and above). Later in 1989, Dr.
Abell and Harold Corwin added an additional 1361
clusters. I've selected 80+ Abell Galaxy Clusters for this
observing guide for intermediate and advanced
observers with large telescope.
16” or larger scope is recommended. (432
Clusters - All globular
clusters above -50 degrees declination.
This list includes all Messier, NGC and Palomars and Terzans.
There are a few “impossible” globulars,
such as the two 2MASS globulars,
FSR 1735, in this list as well. 90+
Most are observable with an 8” scope.
Updated (March 2013): Significantly enhanced throughout. Note: 4 new objects were added.
Nebulae and Supernovae Remnants -
Planetary nebulae, supernovae remnants and
protoplanetaries that are observable above about -50
degrees declination. About 350+ objects
are included. Many stellar planetaries
are left out. (322
Deep Sky Forum Observing Guides
Object of the week 2012 - A guidebook comprising all of the 2012 'Object of the Week' as posted at Deep Sky Forum. Members chose and discussed a different object every week. You'll find a great selection objects varying in type and difficulty. Many objects may require at least an 18" and dark skies.
Object of the week 2013 - A guidebook comprising all of the 2013 'Object of the Week' plus selected objects from the Off the Beaten Path forum as posted at Deep Sky Forum. Members chose and discussed a different object every week. You'll find a great selection objects varying in type and difficulty.
Texas Star Party 2013 Advanced Observing GuideGalaxy Illusions - A handy observing list for Larry Mitchell's and Jim Chandler's Texas Star Party Advanced Observing List. Observe BOTH galaxies in at least 20 pairs to qualify for the pin.
Note: These documents are best printed on both sides of the paper to maximize the usefulness on the field as the two-page spreads are built to be used together. It is best to coil bind the pages. Kinko's or any similar printing business can do that for you.
For the documents with a two page spread per object, if you want each object to appear on the same sheet (front and back), add or delete a blank page starting with the first object.
Inverting on a computer
If you want to view in full screen with no borders...then click on Full Screen in the same left hand menu under Tools\Preferences... remove all check marks except the last one. Click on OK.
my small laptop, I rotate the image clockwise (as I hold
my laptop with the screen on the left hand side, you can
rotate the other way around if you prefer the screen on
the right hand side.) Then press F11 for full
screen. See the page, Observing Aids, for photos.
Printing the Guides (two ways)
1. If you have access to a duplex printer, then you’re set.
2. If you are using a standard laser printer, then...
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