Graham will also explain why these objects are ideal for the amateur astronomer to observe and he will refer to easily accessible resources to assist.
Was Charles Messier lucky or unlucky in his personal and professional life? Well hopefully you will be able to decide.
In the second part of his talk, which will include photographs and short videos, Graham will discuss the astronomical significance of some of these beautiful objects and bring to the fore the contributions of other astronomers whose work was badly overlooked at the time.
Hopefully, following the talk, we will observe some Messier objects with a variety of equipment, if the weather permits!