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Article Series: "Beyond The NGC" - Steve Mencinsky

This series (creative juices and editorial whim permitting) will be an occasional column of SUCCESSFULLY OBSERVED examples of deep sky objects that are neither in the NGC or IC lists.

The vast majority of these needles-in-the-celestial-haystack are either very small or very faint or both. Like observing quasars, the satisfaction of the observing is not in the spectacle of the object observed - it is the knowledge of seeing something beyond some arbitrary boundary; in this case the Herschel catalogues.

Why do we (whoever "we" are) follow these ethereal wisps, these Everests-of-the-sky? Well, to paraphrase Sir Edmund Hilary: "Because they might be there!" - Steve Mencinsky

The articles are all re-printed from the ASNSW's monthly Journal UNIVERSE, and can be found in the issue listed beside each title below.

The Inaugural BNGC July 1992
Contemplating The Galactic Navel September 1992
Backpacking in the SMC October 1992
For A Fistful Of Globulars November 1992
Snow White And Only One Dwarf January 1993
The Jewel On The Cloud February 1993
An Ancient Supernova Remnant March 1993
The Grandest Supernova Of Them All April 1993
A Very Personal Edition May 1993
A Beautiful, Large Planetary Nebula July 1993
Towards Trantor August 1993
For A Few Globulars More September 1993
The A-B-C Of Galaxies October 1993
I Can Feel A Fornax Coming On November 1993
Mati Morel Maps Magellanic Marvels January 1994
Rich & Poor, Black & White, North & South, Hot & Cold May 1994
Return Of the Centaur June 1994
A Crowded Tour Of Ara September 1994
A Toadstool And A Mystery November 1994
Eclipsed By the Shadow Of The Mighty May 1995
Centaurus - Near And Far August 1998

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