Star Hopping to the Messiers
These days Star Hopping is a dying craft, in an age when almost everyone uses a GoTo mount and push button is so much easier, learning to star hop will teach you the sky, something you will always have. When the batteries have gone flat you will still be able to continue observing.
For many astronomers the Messier Catalogue is the perfect place to start your deep sky journey.
Charles Messier (26 June 1730 – 12 April 1817) was a comet hunter who compiled a catalogue of 110 objects that are prized by todays amateurs, many never complete the whole catalogue.
With the help of these maps (and some travel) it is possible to observe them all.
Very well laid out, constellation by constellation, starting with Taurus and Messier 1 (The Crab Nebula) and Messier 45 (The Pleiades) the simple to follow map along with detail star hopping instruction you will be on you way in no time.
Written by Sydney amateur astronomer Robert (Bob) Bee, a long time member of Macarthur Astronomical Society, you appreciate the amount of work, time and enjoyment that has been put into researching and making this a must have book for anyone wish to learn the sky.