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Winter Messier Program

Robert Bruce Thompson's Winter Messier Objects Program Presentation

Sunday, 20 January 2002 21:00

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On 16 January, 2002, I presented a program to the Forsyth Astronomical Society entitled Bagging the Winter Messier Objects. The full text and images from that presentation are available here. Although this material is Copyright 2002 by Robert Bruce Thompson, I hereby grant to any astronomy club or similar not-for-profit organization non-exclusive permission to use and modify this material for a club presentation, seminar, or other similar purpose. I would appreciate you letting me know if you do use this material by emailing me at

Bagging the Winter Messier Objects

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If done in full, the presentation requires about two hours. You can also download the entire presentation in a printable Word 2000 formatted document by clicking here. Note that this is a 2 MB download. Some of the images in this material load from other web sites, so if an image fails to load, please verify that the problem image is actually located on this site before you email me. If you have any suggestions or corrections, please email them to me at