Couple recognized for efforts in deep space with use of binoculars
Jan 09, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bob and Melissa Vickers of Huntington, Tennessee were presented certificates last week by the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers for their endeavors in searching out more than 50 of the Messier objects with binoculars. In completing their accomplishments, the Vickers used a pair of 7x35 binoculars to view and record their sightings of the deep space objects.

The Messier objects are a set of astronomical objects catalogued by French astronomer Charles Messier in his catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters first published in 1774. The original motivation behind the catalogue was that Messier was a comet hunter, and was frustrated by objects which resembled but were not comets. He therefore compiled a list of these objects.

The Astronomical League of Kansas City, Missouri issues the certificates after careful review of the amateur’s journal of the sightings.

The Vicker’s received their award from David Paessler, who submits the awards for WKAA.

Currently there are 110 objects in deep space that carry the Messier description. They are named M1 through M110.

Read the full story on bob and Melissa Vickers in The Cadiz Record.
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