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Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke
Deep-Sky Objects (catalogues, history, visual observing) - Cosmology - Theoretical Physics
Last update: 5 November 2016
Current versions of my files containing historic or modern data - there is nothing comparable!
The observer page and the references were completely revised.
Historic M - Historical data of Messier's catalogue (M)
Historic WH - Historical data of William Herschel's three catalogues (H)
Historic JH - Historical data of John Herschel's Slough and Cape catalogues (h)
Historic Au - Historical data of Arthur Auwers' list of 50 new nebulae (Au)
Historic GC - Historical data of John Herschel's General Catalogue (GC) and Dreyer's "Supplement" (GCS)
Historic NGCIC - Historical data of Dreyer's New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index catalogue (IC)
NGC/IC Observers - Biographical information of all NGC/IC observers
Revised NGC/IC - Revised data and modern identifications for all NGC/IC objects
Please give the source, when using this data! They are available only here - and not on the website of the NGC/IC project! Particularly the "Historically Corrected NGC" (HCNGC, Bob Erdmann), presented there, is a mere copy of an outdated version of my "Historic NGC" (without giving any acknowledgment). For the background of this issue look here.
3 June, Webb Deep-Sky Society, Cambridge (UK): William Herschel's 'Hole in the Sky' and the discovery of dark nebulae
100 years John Dreyer: end as Armagh-Director (30.9.1916)
150 years Josef Lunt born (6.7.1866)
Truman Safford: start of observations at Dearborn Observatory (3.3.1866)
200 years Gottfried Schweizer born (16.2.1816)
|For Michael Hoskin's latest book, The Construction of the Heavens: William Herschel's Cosmology (Cambridge University Press, January 2012), I have written comments about the involved deep-sky objects.|
The enhanced, English version of my comprehensive study on the history of the NGC has been published in August 2010 by Cambridge University Press. The 660-page book is titled Observing an Cataloguing Nebulae and Star Clusters - from Herschel to Dreyer's New General Catalogue. Look here for more details.
A comprehensive biography on Lord Rosse, editied by Charles Mollan, has appeared in Juli 2014, published by Manchester University Press. I contribute with 70-page chapter on "Birr Castle Observations of Non-stellar Objects and the Development of Nebular Theories".
My "Revised NGC/IC" is used in the NGC-IC Photographic Catalogue by Numazawa and Wakyia. The large-format, 720-page book shows DSS-images of all NGC/IC objects!
Selected papers (pdf):
|Further Content of my Homepage|
|Compact Galaxies, AGN, Quasars, and Variable Extragalactic Objects|
|Catalogue of Bright Quasars and BL Lacertae-Objects (KHQ)|
|Catalogue of Groups of Galaxies (KDG)|
|Bibliography (Books, Articles)|
|Membership in Astronomical Associations, Workgroups, and Projects|
|Short "Astronomical" Biography|
Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke
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