Galaxies' Charts and Images
From this page you can down-load galaxy charts useful for
visual supernova search
The following image shows an example of these charts.
This chart shows nearby galaxy NGC 2805. It can
be used in visual hunting of supernovae with 8 to 20 inches telescopes. These charts were
drawn by Italian amateur Stefano Pesci for his
program of SN search, from Palomar Survey plates. Stars as faint as mag. 18-19 are shown
inside or close to the galaxy outter boundary. Only brightest stars are indicated outside
the galaxy. Use of these charts to compare CCD images is not recommended. Further
information on these charts is available here.
Steve Lucas suggests for Thompson-Bryan
charts set owners an inexpensive light box that he has used for many years. This might help visual
observers keep their dark-eye adaptation.
A chart list (and the charts themselves currently available) are at
Should you spot a suspect star, take a look
at Palomar plates at Digitized Sky
More detailed reference sources can be
obtained by accessing Skyview.
If you search with a CCD we suggest you use
William Neely's CCD images, made
with a 45cm automated telescope. These images are currently used as a reference by Texas
hunter Bill Wren. This is an external link.
Cidadao, supernova hunter from Portugal, has an excellent galaxies atlas on line, made with a
25cm telescope. Please read this. first. This is an external link
to an ftp.
Another excellent CCD atlas is made by Pedro Re', supernova hunter from Portugal. This
is an external link to an ftp.
CCD Atlas is a compilation of CCD images of
deep sky objects (galaxies, nebulae and clusters). It includes well-known objects (the
whole Messier catalogue) as well as less known objects (e.g. NGC and IC catalogues). All
images were obtained with a HiSIS22 CCD camera equipped with a KAF-0400L chip (768x512
pixels, 9x9 microns, 6.9x4.6mm2, 14bits, with anti-blooming). Two different telescopes
were used: (i) Celestron 14 (C14) and (ii) Meade2045 (Meade4) housed in a roll-off-roof
observatory in Central Portugal. Total integration times varied from 1min (open and
globular clusters) to 5/20min (nebulae and galaxies). With few exceptions, images were
obtained using 2x2 binning (384x256 pixels).
This CCD atlas
is made by Yasuhide Fujita , supernova
hunter from Japan. There are galaxy CCD images for supernovae hunters. He has been taking
them at Kuma Kogen Astronomical Observatory since 1994 with a 0.60 mt. telescope. This is
an external link.
This CCD catalog
is made by Enrico Prosperi , supernova
hunter from Italy. It covers almost all A.R. sky (Southern hemysphere & sun
conjunction excluded). This is an external link.