'Catchers of the Light' provide a number of FREE but nevertheless useful Astrophotography downloads for all of our visitors. In particular a 142 page introduction to the 'Catchers of the Light' - a History of Astrophotography eBook can be downloaded. Other downloads include four well known Deep Space Object Catalogues - the Messier Catalogue, the late Sir Patrick Moore's Caldwell List, the Herschel 400 and Stephen O'Meara's 'Hidden Treasures' List. Our own Astrophotographers' - 'A' List is added as an extra challenge to any modern day astro-imager.
Astrophotography Downloads (tip: right click link and choose 'save ... as' option)
A FREE 142 page introduction to the 'Catchers of the Light' - the definitive History of Astrophotography. The complete edition contains over 1500 pages, more than 1800 photographs/illustrations and in excess of 2000 notes/references.
A Timeline of some of the more important Events in the History of Astrophotography from Thomas Wedgwood's 'Sun Pictures' of 1800 until 1990 withe the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Nearly 200 of the most important Astronomical Photographs taken in the period 1840 to 1949, beginning with John William Draper's Daguerreotype of the Moon and ending with Edwin Powell Hubble's 200-inch Hale telescope image of NGC 2261
Early Astronomical Images
The Astrophotographers' - 'A' List of 109 Imaging Targets, to challenge even the most experienced. The list comprise 77 DSOs, 9 Earth based phenomenon, 4 Historical subjects, 9 connected with the Moon, 7 Planetary objects and 3 related to the Sun.
Sir Patrick Moore's, Caldwell List grew out of a widely held view that Messier's List was incomplete. It left out a number of Deep Space Objects that either merited inclusion, or could not be seen from the latitude of Paris where Caldwell made his observations, or could not be mistaken for a comet, or were just missed.
The Herschel 400 is a list of 400 Galaxies, Nebula and Clusters taken from the catalogue of 2508 Deep Space Objects (DSO) compiled by the great 18th century astronomer William Herschel and his much loved sister Caroline, during the years 1783 to 1802.
Herschel 400 List
The ‘Hidden Treasures’ list comprises 109 Deep Space Objects (DSO) compiled by the well known astronomer Stephen James O’Meara. It includes objects not included in either the Messier or Caldwell catalogues.
Hidden Treasures List
The 18th century French astronomer, Charles Messier compiled his famous list of 109 Deep Space Objects, not as an aid to those wishing to find them, but as a means of not mistaking them as Comets.
Download: Messier List