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Ray Cash, Mark Wagner, Mimi Wagner, Jim Shields and Steve Gottlieb - Photo by Marsha Robinson

100 Peculiar Galaxies
Off the Beaten Path
Observing Galaxy Clusters
The Abell Planetaries
The Ultimate Observing List
Steve Gottlieb's NGC Notes
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Acknowledgements

Some of these articles first appeared in the monthly bulletin of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers, the publications of the Webb Society and the AmAstro mailing list. Finder charts were produced on Megastar with RealSky. Megastar is available from Willman-Bell, Inc. RealSky is available from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. Other images are from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), NASA and the Digital Sky Survey (DSS). You can download your own DSS images, courtesy of the Space Telescope Science Institute. Accurate identifications, coordinates, and other useful data can be obtained through the NGC/IC Project, SIMBAD and the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED. Do astronomy research online at the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS).

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