Messier Objects


Messier 14

Messier 14

Messier 14 is a globular cluster that is 13 billion years old with 150,000 stars, located in the southern constellation Ophiuchus. DescriptionVisible From Pacific NorthwestMay, June, and JulyBest Time To ObserveJulyMinimum Size Of Viewing DeviceTelescopeObject…


Messier 13 Hercules Globular Cluster

Messier 13 Hercules Globular Cluster

Messier 13 is a wonderful globular cluster to view during the summer months. Famously, Messier 13, the Hercules Globular Cluster was the target of the Arecibo message, sent in 1974, which contained information about the…


Messier 12

Messier 12

Messier 12 is located 15,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Ophiuchus with an apparent magnitude of 7.7 and can be observed with a pair of binoculars most easily in July. Come learn about how…


Messier 11 Wild Duck Cluster

Messier 11 Wild Duck Cluster

Of the 26 open clusters included in the Messier catalog, Messier 11, the Wild Duck Cluster is the most distant that can be seen with the naked eye. The best time to spot the cluster…


Messier 10

Messier 10

Messier 10 is notable for its high population of blue stragglers, which are stars that appear to be far younger than their neighbors. These stars in globular clusters are thought to have formed and aged…


Messier 9

Messier 9

Messier 9 is one of the nearest globular clusters to the centre of the Milky Way, lying 5,500 light years from the center of the Milky Way. Therefore, as a result, M9 will appear a…


Messier 8 Lagoon Nebula

Messier 8 Lagoon Nebula

Messier 8, the Lagoon Nebula is a wonderful target for observers and photographers alike. Being one of only two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the eye from mid-northern latitudes, M8 is a wonderful sight to see. Although…


Messier 7

Messier 7 Ptolemy Cluster

One of the earliest known stars to be recoded, Messier 7, the Ptolemy Cluster is a wonderful bright open cluster to observe. Being the southernmost Messier object in the sky, M7 is very hard to DescriptionVisible…


Messier 6 Butterfly Cluster

Messier 6 Butterfly Cluster

This review of Messier 6, the Butterfly Cluster is to provide details about the observational history, details about how to find it in the sky, what the object could look like in your scope, and…