Over the next year or so I hope to upload videos about all 110 Messier Objects.
This is astronomy's most famous collection of galaxies, star clusters, nebulae and other objects (and a few non-objects).
Of course I have previously seen pictures of many of them (The Crab Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, etc)
And, without knowing it, I have probably seen some of them with my naked eye as small smudges in the night sky.
But this video about M15 documents the first time I knowingly saw a Messier object through a telescope.
After my special moment, amateur astronomer Roy Gretton attached his camera to the telescope and also captured an image for posterity (right).
So there you have it... M15 was my first Messier object.
They say you never forget your first.
<iframe width="400" height="233" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/S-vLAg3bNDk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen>iframe>