Binoculars have their own advantage when viewing the messier objects. As an example, when we viewed the Orion Nebula through the C8 it all we could see is the Trapezium – a multiple system of newborn stars forming a trapezoid at the heart of M42. The larger nebulosity of the M42 is not visible through the C8. Binoculars are also adequate to show many individual stars in some of the open clusters. In other cases it would appear as a sort of blur of light. Higher magnifications can resolve the fainter stars. Globular clusters usually appear as a patch of light.
Here are some of the messier objects that I’ve imaged via the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network, a network of automated telescopes that can be controlled online:
|M27 Dumbell Nebula|
|M16 Eagle Nebula|
|M42 Orion Nebula|
|M33 Pinwheel Galaxy|
|M45 Pleiades (Seven Sisters) Star Cluster|
|M57 Ring Nebula|
|M20 Trifid Nebula|
|M1 Crab Nebula|
|M8 Lagoon Nebula|
*NOTE: The human eye is not sensitive enough to see the colors of the nebulae and galaxies even through a big telescope. The colors are brought out using filters during long-exposure photographs.