This season of the year has it's Messier Marathon, but if you've mastered that, the 'Herschel Sprint' offers a similar but greater challenge. The Sprint is a very inviting and historically interesting project for modern observers with 15 inch or larger telescopes. (The Herschels accomplished their feat with an 18 inch speculum metal reflector.) You can read more about the Herschel Sprint from Sky & Telescope editor Susan Johnson-Roehr. Licensed users of Deep-Sky Planner can download the Herschel Sprint observing plan from the online Plan Library now. The plan contains all 74 objects from the article along with modern object data.
|The Herschel Sprint Observing Plan|
Knightware thanks Sky & Telescope magazine for granting permission to use data from this special article to create an observing plan for Deep-Sky Planner users.