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February Messier marathon run

Started by mhansen, 02/28/2003 04:42PM
Posted 02/28/2003 04:42PM Opening Post
I decided to take advantage of the incredibly clear sky here last night in West Michigan by doing the Messier Marathon. I observed from my yard using a 16" F4 dob and an 83mm achromat refractor. When starting out the position of M74, 77 and 33 made them easy fare after dark. However, the morning objects were a different story. Since it is a little early in the season to do a marathon, Sagittarius was very low in the SE before morning twilight. Ended up starhopping off M24, M17 and M8 to find the brighter Messier objects nearby. Finished at 6:00am with M15 which was located just above distant treetops in the East. M15 brought the night's total to 96. Temperature was below zero during the early morning hours, but the good transparency and cloud free skies made it worthwhile. Hopefully I get another chance to repeat near the Next dark Moon in March.

Anybody else out there have results or in the planning/practicing stages of a marathon?

Clear skies,
Mark Hansen
http://pages.pathwaynet.com/~mhansen/astro/

Mark Hansen
http://public.fotki.com/mhansen/