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. 

106 down: 4 to go (August 2017)

Messier Number
(Link)
Object
Type
Image or Link
Common 
Name
M1 Nebula
The Crab Nebula
M2Globular
Cluster  
 
M3Globular
Cluster
 
M4Globular Cluster
 
M5Globular Cluster
 
M6Open Cluster
The Butterfly Cluster
M7Open Cluster
Ptolemy Cluster
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
M18Globular Cluster
 
M19Globular Cluster
 
M20Nebula
Trifid Nebula
M21Open Cluster
 
M22Globular Cluster
 
M23Open Cluster
 
M24 Star Cloud
Sagittarius Star Cloud
M25 Open Cluster
 
M26Open Cluster
 
M27Planetary
Nebula
Dumbbell
Nebula
M28Globular Cluster
 
M29Open 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 ClusterPleiades
M46Open Cluster
 
M47 Open Cluster
 
M48Open Cluster 
M49Galaxy
 
M50Open Cluster
The Heart-Shaped Cluster
M51 
 
M52Open Cluster
 
M53Globular Cluster
 
M54Globular Cluster
 
M55Globular Cluster
 
M56Globular Cluster
 
M57Planetary
Nebula
Ring Nebula
M58Galaxy
 
M59Galaxy
 
M60Galaxy
 
M61Galaxy
 
M62Globular Cluster
 
M63 
Sunflower Galaxy
M64 Galaxy
Black Eye Galaxy
M65Galaxy
 
M66Galaxy
 
M67Open Cluster
The King Cobra Cluster
M68Globular Cluster
 
M69Globular Cluster
 
M70Globular Cluster
 
M71Globular Cluster
 
M72Glubular Cluster
 
M73 Asterism

 
M74Galaxy
Phantum 
M75Globular Cluster
 
 M76   
M77Galaxy
 
M78Diffuse Nebula



 
M79   
M80Globular Cluster
 
M81Galaxy
Bode's Nebula
M82 Galaxy
Cigar Galaxy
M83Galaxy
Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
M84Galaxy
 
M85Galaxy
 
M86Galaxy
 
M87Galaxy 
 
M88Galaxy
 
M89Galaxy
 
M90Galaxy
 
M91Galaxy
 
M92Globular Cluster
  
M93Open Cluster
 
M94Galaxy
Starburst Galaxy
M95Galaxy
 
M96Galaxy
 
M97Planetary Nebula
The Owl Nebula
M98Galaxy
 
M99Galaxy
 
M100Galaxy
The Blowdryer Galaxy
M101 
Pinwheel Galaxy
M102Galaxy
Spindle Galaxy
M103Open Cluster
 
M104Galaxy
Sombrero Galaxy 
M105Galaxy
 
M106 
 
M107Globular Cluster
 
M108Galaxy
Surfboard Galaxy
M109Galaxy
Vacuum Cleaner Galaxy
M110Satellite Galaxy