"Mr. Messiers Neighborhood" by Mike Roos.
To paraphrase an exercise from Dale Carnegie, “I know amateur astronomers in a rut. And they are going to stay in a rut. Why? I’ll tell you why. It’s because they keep looking at the same objects.” There are thousands of galaxies and double stars within the range of modest size telescopes. Several hundred of these objects should be easy to find, yet many of us have never observed them. These objects happen to be located near Messier objects, in Mr. Messier’s Neighborhood, so to speak.
In this presentation, we examine astronomical databases, estimating visual magnitudes of galaxies and lists of objects near the Messier objects.
Biographical Information for Mike Roos
I am from Fort Collins Colorado, where I work in the medical imaging industry. My work is not related to astronomy. Outside of work I have been involved with Dale Carnegie training since 2000, so I would much rather speak in public than go to the dentist. I am also an Elvis impersonator.
My interest in astronomy began as a child. I vaguely remember Apollo 13 and nothing at all about Mercury, Gemini, or Apollo 11. As a child, I expected that we would have landed a man on Mars by now. My first telescope was one of those 60mm refractors with the inexpensive 600 power eyepieces and shaky mount. Later I got one of the orange tube C8’s. I have since acquired several other telescopes and eyepieces and sold only a few of them.
The meeting will be at the IHOP Restaurant, 2040 Ken Pratt Boulevard, Longmont. Please join us for coffee, dinner, or just desert around 6 pm; The general meeting and presentation will begin at 7 pm.
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