The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas

By Don Machholz

The Messier Catalogue is a listing of 1 hundred and ten galaxies, celebrity clusters and nebulae, and comprises a number of the brightest and best-known items within the sky. novice astronomers who locate the entire items at the checklist in a single evening have effectively accomplished the Messier Marathon. The watching advisor to the Messier Marathon comprises over ninety easy-to-use celebrity maps to lead the observer from one item to the following, and offers advice for a winning evening of gazing. Don Machholz additionally tells the tale of the eighteenth-century astronomer, Charles Messier, and the way he got here to assemble his large catalogue. His whole consultant to the Messier Marathon might help the novice astronomer to monitor the Messier gadgets all year long, utilizing a small telescope or perhaps a pair of binoculars. Don Machholz is an engineer in Auburn, California. drawn to astronomy considering the fact that adolescence, he's a well known comet hunter, having chanced on 9 comets that endure his identify. He writes articles for neighborhood California newspapers and radio stations for distinctive astronomical occasions. among 1988 and 2000, Don Machholz used to be the Comets Recorder for the organization of Lunar and Planetary Recorders.

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By Don Machholz

The Messier Catalogue is a listing of 1 hundred and ten galaxies, celebrity clusters and nebulae, and comprises a number of the brightest and best-known items within the sky. novice astronomers who locate the entire items at the checklist in a single evening have effectively accomplished the Messier Marathon. The watching advisor to the Messier Marathon comprises over ninety easy-to-use celebrity maps to lead the observer from one item to the following, and offers advice for a winning evening of gazing. Don Machholz additionally tells the tale of the eighteenth-century astronomer, Charles Messier, and the way he got here to assemble his large catalogue. His whole consultant to the Messier Marathon might help the novice astronomer to monitor the Messier gadgets all year long, utilizing a small telescope or perhaps a pair of binoculars. Don Machholz is an engineer in Auburn, California. drawn to astronomy considering the fact that adolescence, he's a well known comet hunter, having chanced on 9 comets that endure his identify. He writes articles for neighborhood California newspapers and radio stations for distinctive astronomical occasions. among 1988 and 2000, Don Machholz used to be the Comets Recorder for the organization of Lunar and Planetary Recorders.

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Fifty eight 3 The Messier Marathon From the equatorϩ Chart three. 20 The all-night sky as visible from the equator on March eleven. M52 remains to be hidden, yet now M31, M32 and M110 start to disappear within the night sky. fifty nine Part 1 instruction manual ؊10 levels range Chart three. 21 The all-night sky as visible from 10° south range on February 27. For a couple of days in overdue February, as much as 106 Messier items might be obvious earlier than M31, M32, and M110 sink within the west. 60 3 The Messier Marathon ؊10 levels range Chart three. 22 The all-night sky as obvious from 10° south range on may well 20. For a number of days in past due might, 108 Messier items will be visible; purely M45 and M34 are lacking. sixty one Part 1 instruction manual desk three. 2 The variety of Messier gadgets noticeable from a variety of latitudes from mid-February to mid-April. Date 55N 50N 45N 40N 35N 30N 25N 20N 10N EQU 10S Date 2/16 2/17 2/18 2/19 2/20 2/21 2/22 2/23 2/24 2/25 2/26 2/27 2/28 3/1 3/2 3/3 3/4 3/5 3/6 3/7 3/8 3/9 3/10 3/11 3/12 3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/17 3/18 3/19 3/20 3/21 3/22 3/23 3/24 3/25 3/26 sixty two ninety seven ninety seven ninety seven ninety eight ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred ninety eight ninety eight a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred a hundred one hundred and one a hundred and one one zero one a hundred and one 102 102 102 102 102 103 103 103 103 104 a hundred and five a hundred and five 106 107 108 108 108 108 108 108 108 108 108 108 102 102 102 102 103 104 104 104 104 one hundred and five one hundred and five one hundred and five one hundred and five one hundred and five 106 106 107 107 107 108 108 108 108 108 108 108 108 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 104 104 104 104 104 104 one hundred and five a hundred and five 106 106 106 107 107 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 104 a hundred and five a hundred and five one hundred and five 106 106 106 106 108 108 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 106 106 106 106 106 107 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 a hundred and ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and five 106 106 106 107 107 108 108 108 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 one hundred ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten a hundred and five a hundred and five one hundred and five 107 107 108 108 108 108 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 a hundred and ten one hundred ten one hundred ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten one hundred ten one hundred and five one hundred and five 106 107 107 107 107 108 108 108 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 one hundred ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten one hundred ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten 109 107 107 107 107 104 a hundred and five one zero five one hundred and five one zero five a hundred and five one hundred and five a hundred and five a hundred and five one zero five a hundred and five 107 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 106 106 106 106 106 106 106 106 106 106 106 106 106 106 one zero five 102 102 103 104 one zero five a hundred and five a hundred and five a hundred and five a hundred and five one zero five a hundred and five 106 one zero five 104 104 one zero five one zero five 104 104 104 104 104 104 104 a hundred and five one zero five 104 104 104 104 104 104 103 103 103 103 102 102 102 2/16 2/17 2/18 2/19 2/20 2/21 2/22 2/23 2/24 2/25 2/26 2/27 2/28 3/1 3/2 3/3 3/4 3/5 3/6 3/7 3/8 3/9 3/10 3/11 3/12 3/13 3/14 3/15 3/16 3/17 3/18 3/19 3/20 3/21 3/22 3/23 3/24 3/25 3/26 3 The Messier Marathon desk three. 2 (cont. ) Date 55N 50N 45N 40N 35N 30N 25N 20N 10N EQU 10S Date 3/27 3/28 3/29 3/30 3/31 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 ninety nine ninety nine ninety nine ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety eight ninety seven ninety seven ninety seven ninety seven ninety five ninety four 108 108 107 107 106 106 106 one zero five one zero five a hundred and five a hundred and five one zero five one hundred and five a hundred and five a hundred and five one zero five one zero five one zero five one hundred and five one hundred and five a hundred and five 109 109 109 109 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 106 106 106 106 a hundred and five one zero five one hundred and five 109 109 109 109 108 108 108 107 107 107 107 108 108 108 108 108 107 107 107 107 106 a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten 109 109 109 109 109 108 108 108 108 108 108 107 107 107 107 107 107 a hundred and ten a hundred and ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten 109 109 109 109 109 109 108 108 108 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 one hundred ten one hundred ten one hundred ten one hundred ten 109 109 109 109 109 109 109 108 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 one hundred ten one hundred ten a hundred and ten 107 106 106 107 107 109 108 108 108 108 108 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 107 106 106 106 one hundred and five a hundred and five one zero five one zero five one zero five one zero five a hundred and five one hundred and five one zero five 104 104 104 one zero five one zero five a hundred and five a hundred and five 103 103 102 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 103 one zero one a hundred and one a hundred and one 102 102 102 102 102 102 102 102 102 one zero one one hundred and one one zero one one zero one one hundred and one a hundred and one a hundred and one a hundred and one one zero one one zero one a hundred and one a hundred 3/27 3/28 3/29 3/30 3/31 4/1 4/2 4/3 4/4 4/5 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/11 4/12 4/13 4/14 4/15 4/16 Date 55N 50N 45N 40N 35N 30N 25N 20N 10N EQU 10S Date software I’ve consistently stated that what you will discover will depend on 3 issues: your eyes, the sky and your telescope, in that order.

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