Some Historic Deepsky Object Catalogs
Certainly, the most outstanding historical Deep Sky Object catalog is the
Messier Catalog, which is also the
subject of this online database.
Here we give links to some of the other early Deep Sky Object catalogs,
historically before and contemporary to Messier's, but all before
Herschel's great survey.
We would like to include more of the historic catalogs of "nebulous objects"
mentioned in our
History of Deepsky Discovery here,
especially Koehler's catalog of 20.
Also, if you know of further historic Deep Sky catalogs (especially if suited
for amateur observing or "work-thru") please
History of the Discovery of the Deepsky Objects
Historical Deep Sky Objects:
List of all 152 Deep Sky Object discovered before William Herschel began
his extensive survey in September, 1782, in various formats
More Deepsky Catalogs and Observing Lists
Last Modification: 8 Feb 1998, 20:00 MET