Messier – His Optics and Objects, Sandy Giles, 15th July 2015

This lecture describes the life and work of Charles Messier, the 18th Century French astronomer whose one hundred and nine Messier Objects still sustain the interest of amateur and professional astronomers today. In addition to describing some of the astronomical objects in Messier’s list, and illustrating them with photographs taken largely by members of Wycombe Astronomical Society, the lecture will cover a brief history of telescopes and the challenges, opportunities (and sometimes hindrances) they presented to the early pioneer astronomers.

Sandy has been a member of Wycombe Astronomical Society since 2007 and is currently a member of the society’s Committee. He runs the Practical Meetings on the first Thursday of every month.