Welcome to the Deepsky Observer's Companion homepage, hosted by FORTUNE CITY

INTERESTED IN EXPLORING THE universe beyond our solar system? Then deepsky observing is for you.

On these pages, hosted by Fortune City, you will find tutorials, discussions and other resources related to observing the deep sky. For the established observer, there is a growing archive of visual descriptions of galaxies, nebulae and star clusters as seen by diverse people through different sized telescopes and binoculars.

Updated May 28

TO MAKE THE TASK of surveying the night sky manageable, the starry sphere has been divided into chunks. Each chunk corresponds to one Uranometria 2000.0© chart. For each Uranometria chart, there is a webpage containing a description of the deepsky objects found on it. Click on the Chart Index link to access these pages.

Feel free to browse the database, and to contribute your own observations. This is a work in progress, and your contributions are welcomed.

"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing admiration and awe, the oftener and the more steadily we reflect on them: the starry heavens above and the moral law within."
Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Practical Reason


Discussion List
A new email discussion list is now in place, free of charge, hosted by the folks of ONELIST.COM. Join the list and take part in the discussion.

Nightfall, June
The June 1998 edition of the Nightfall column is now available on-line.

What's Hot?
Check out this 'Who's Who' of southern deepsky splendours.

Just Starting Out?
Then follow the link to the Resources page, where you'll find an Observing Tutorial, and other on-line material.

Submit Observations
Send in your observations! No matter what your experience level, contributions are always welcome. For guidelines, send email to auke@global.co.za. By the way, you may qualify for an official Merit Award, or even a President's Award. See the Certificate section for more details.

Comments, criticisms or suggestions are always welcome. Click on the link to email your thoughts.

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"Deepsky Observers Companion" (http://www.global.co.za/~auke) Copyright 1998 Auke Slotegraaf (auke@global.co.za). All rights reserved. Uranometria 2000.0 copyright (c) 1987-1996 Willmann-Bell, Inc. Page last updated 1998 April 30. I like to pick up hitchhikers. When they get in the car I say, "Put on your seat belt. I want to try something. I saw it once in a cartoon, but I think I can do it."