Program for the May 1, 2015, OAS meeting

History of Deep Sky Catalogs

By John Johnson

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Are there lists of deep sky objects older than Messier's and Herschel's catalogs?

Speaker Bio:

John has been an active amateur astronomer for nearly 50 years.  He was raised on a farm in south central Nebraska, where every clear night the stars shown without interference from modern day light pollution!  His first telescope was a 3-inch Newtonian Reflector from Edmund Scientific Company that he received for his 13th birthday, but he soon found he needed a bigger telescope, a 6-inch reflector, which he designed and assembled himself.
John is currently the Astronomy Outreach Coordinator with the Omaha Astronomical Society.  John enjoys many aspects of amateur astronomy including observing, astro-photography, and both public and educational astronomy outreach.