From the May 2006 issue

Southern deep-sky treats

Use this printable list to target some spectacular celestial objects.
By | Published: May 22, 2006 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Bennett catalog
Below, you’ll find the list of Bennett Catalog objects that appeared in “A southern-sky Messier catalog” in the July 2006 issue of Astronomy.

South African amateur astronomer John Caister (Jack) Bennett (1914–1990) — just like French comet-hunter Charles Messier (1730–1817) before him — compiled a list of objects he thought novices using small telescopes might mistake for comets. The only difference was that Bennett concentrated on the southern sky.

The objects in Bennett’s catalog are southern-sky showpieces. Few of these objects are not on most observers “must-see” lists. Print out the following list, and check off each object as you observe it. Good luck!

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