Books by Philip S. Harrington

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Astronomy For All Ages

The Deep Sky: An Introduction


Star Ware, 4th edition

Star Watch

Touring the Universe Through Binoculars


The Deep Sky

An Introduction

Chapter 2.  Number Please

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Topics covered

     History of deep-sky catalogs

  • Johann Bayer: star catalog

  • John Flamsteed: star catalog

  • Wilhelm and Otto Struve: double star catalog

  • R.G. Aitken: double-star catalog

  • Charles Messier: Messier catalog of deep-sky objects

  • William Herschel: "General Catalog" of deep-sky objects

  • John Herschel: Expanded "General Catalog" of deep-sky objects

  • John Dreyer: New General Catalog of deep-sky objects (NGC) and supplemental Index Catalogs (IC)

  • Edward Emerson Barnard: dark-nebulae catalog

  • Miscellaneous catalogs

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