Messier Catalog

In an effort to get better at astrophotography and have fun while I am doing it, I have tasked myself with imaging all 110 Messier Objects using my Canon EOS Rebel T3i (D600) camera and Orion ED80 APO refactor.  Fred Espenak at AstroPixels.com did this in 2012 and recommended doing this so I seem to be following his advice.   I will from time to add add updated photographs as my imaging technique hopefully improves.  I began this project unofficially in Summer of 2015 when I imaged M3, M4, and M8 -  The Lagoon Nebula. They represent the oldest images and the poorest quality images.  Of course I will revisit those images when convenient.  I have links to the image details and other images for those who care, just click on the Messier Number.  Enjoy...

Special Note: I had the T3i modified on September 20, 2016.  The modification work was done by Hap Griffin at Imaging Infinity. Hap has several options available for DSLR modification. I chose to have the IR Filter Replaced with the Astrodon UV/IR block filter. This modification passes hydrogen-alpha light but blocks IR. 

82 down: 28 to go (May 2017)

Messier Number
(Link)
Object
Type
Image or Link
Common 
Name
M1 Nebula
 The Crab Nebula
M2Globular
Cluster  
 
M3Globular
Cluster
 
M4Globular Cluster
 
M5Globular Cluster

 
 M6   
 M7   
M8Nebula Lagoon Nebula
M9Globular Cluster
 
M10Globular Cluster
 
M11 Open Cluster
The Wild Duck Cluster
M12Globular Cluster
 
M13Globular Cluster
 
M14Globular Cluster
 
M15Globular Cluster
 
M16Diffuse Nebula,
Open Cluster
Eagle Nebula,
Star Queen Nebula
M17Diffuse Nebula,
Open Cluster
Omega Nebula,
Swan Nebula,
Checkmark Nebula,
Horseshoe Nebula
 M18   
 M19   
 M20   
 M21   
 M22   
 M23   
 M24    
M25 Open Cluster
 
M26Open Cluster
 
M27Planetary
Nebula
Dumbbell
Nebula
 M28   
M29 Open Cluster

 Cooling Tower
 M30   
M31Galaxy
Andromeda 
M32Satellite
Galaxy


M33Galaxy
 Triangulum Galaxy
 M34   
M35 Open Cluster

 
M36Open Cluster
 
 
M37Open Cluster
 
M38Open Cluster
Starfish Cluster
M39Open Cluster
 
M40Double Star
Winnecke 4
M41Open Cluster
 
M42

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Nebula

Great Orion Nebula
M43 
De Mairan's Nebula
M44Open Cluster
Beehive Cluster (Praesepe)

M45Open Cluster Pleiades
M46Open Cluster
 
M47 Open Cluster
 
M48Open Cluster 
 M49   
M50Open Cluster
The Heart-Shaped Cluster
M51 
 
M52Open Cluster
 
M53Globular Cluster
 
 M54   
 M55   
M56Globular Cluster
 
M57Planetary
Nebula
 Ring Nebula
M58Galaxy
 
M59Galaxy
 
M60Galaxy
 
 M61   
 M62   
M63 
Sunflower Galaxy
M64 Galaxy
 Black Eye Galaxy
M65Galaxy
 
M66Galaxy
 
M67Open Cluster
The King Cobra Cluster
 M68   
 M69   
 M70   
M71Globular Cluster
 
M72Glubular Cluster
 
M73 Asterism

 
M74Galaxy
Phantum 
 M75   
 M76   
M77Galaxy
 
M78Diffuse Nebula



 
M79   
M80Globular Cluster
 
M81Galaxy
Bode's Nebula
 M82 Galaxy
 Cigar Galaxy
 M83   
M84Galaxy
 
 M85   
M86Galaxy
 
M87Galaxy 
 
 M88   
M89Galaxy
 
M90Galaxy
 
 M91   
M92Globular Cluster
  
M93Open Cluster
 
M94Galaxy
Starburst Galaxy
M95Galaxy
 
M96Galaxy
 
M97Planetary Nebula
The Owl Nebula
M98Galaxy
 
M99Galaxy
 
M100Galaxy
The Blowdryer Galaxy
M101 
Pinwheel Galaxy
 M102   
M103Open Cluster
 
M104Galaxy
 
M105Galaxy
 
M106 
 
M107Globular Cluster
 
M108Galaxy
Surfboard Galaxy
M109Galaxy
Vacuum Cleaner Galaxy
M110Satellite Galaxy