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Woohoo! Finally finished the Messier list tonight

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#1 MadHungarian


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:26 AM

Finally viewed M93, my last Messier, two years after starting the list!

I was afraid i was going to miss M93 again for the second winter in a row (had six months of overcast last winter). But just to spite ClearDarkSky which said it was going to be overcast here, it was actually quite clear out tonight. So i snuck out with my small-scope to the local playfield which is light polluted to within an inch of its life but has great sky exposure. Fortunately M93 is an open cluster, though it doesn't get much above the horizon here.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:38 AM

Congratulations! I'm up to 90 and hope to finish in March! Way to go!!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:32 AM

Congratulations! I was looking at M-93 last night myself, and the other Messier and NGC open clusters in the same area with my 10-inch. M-93 is a very nice open cluster for just about any telescope, it was very nice through the 10-inch at 55X last night.


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 09:52 AM

Well done, M-93 was my last Messier as well for the same reasons, high latitude and cloudy Northwest skies. Now it is time for Globulars or Herschels. Good Luck!

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:21 AM

Congrats! That's a big milestone!

I've been in this hobby with a few hiatuses(hiati?) for over 15 years now and I've never "officially" finished the list. I've definitely observed the vest majority of them but never kept logs. I did circle a bunch on my star charts in a copy of Nightwatch back when I was 14 or 15 with my 6" dob and a few years back started keeping logs using my 8". Alas, that log book got lost in a move..going to digital now and backing up my files. Anyway, back in December I started the list again alongside the H400. Keeping much better logs this time so that I can confirm I've seen them all and have a brief description of my impression of each.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:06 AM

Congrats. That is a big achievement. M93 is a nice showpiece object to finish with. It looks really good if it gets high enough above the horizon.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

Great work!
May I suggest the Finest NGC list next.More eye candy that was over looked by Messier.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

Congrats!! :applause:

I would say the M93 is one of the more unusual ones for being the final Messier object. It's bright and relatively easy to find. Only its latitude makes it harder to view, but there are others that are both somewhat dim and low as well, e.g. M68. Was it the seasonal clouds that made M93 happen later for you?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:40 PM

Thanks all!

>>> Was it the seasonal clouds that made M93 happen later for you?

Yes, the clouds and also high latitude. It's only viewable here for a few months in the winter, and doesn't get much above the horizon, and there's usually overcast, and when it is clear there's usually fog at night. Bleah.

Herschels are next for me. I started working on them a few months ago, after fooling around a bit with that dastardly Caldwell list and then giving up on Caldwell. Then i've also been very slowly working my way through the Double Stars, Planetary, and Lunar II lists, for something to do when the weather and/or darkness is less cooperative.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:43 PM


Whenever I'm looking in a part of the sky, I'll always visit any M-objects in the area. It's like seeing old friends again. :ubetcha:

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

Congrats on observing all the Messier objects!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

You da Man! :applause:

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:00 AM

Congrats on finishing the list. I hope to finish soon myself. Only 4 to go!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:57 AM

Marathon is coming. :)

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:11 AM


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

Congrats on your Messier List.

I concur with our Pacific NW weather. It clears up July 15th and the roof rolls back on Sept. 15th. Two seasons: 2 months Summer sunshine and 10 months Rain.

I agree with John K, the RASC's Observer's Handbook's Finest NGC List was my next step. It is basically the next best 110 objects with some even better than Messier's list. Far superior than the 'dastardly caldwell list' I'd found when I completed the Messier list with my 8 inch, I'd already observed nearly half the Finest NGC List along the way.

Happy observing.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

Congrats on the completion. That is one of my goals for 2013. I viewed 24 so far.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:29 PM

Great job! :waytogo: That's one of my 2013 goals as well.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

Congrats on your accomplishment!

What's next? Herschel 400? Caldwell's?

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

Congrats! Somewhat of a coincidence, but on my way to reaching the magic number of 500 deep-sky objects observed/logged/sketched after 2 years of "serious" observing, last month I finally saw my final Messier objects - M93, along with M50 & M64 on the same night. Tonight, I'm aiming for M40, M6 & M7 to observe and sketch (I've seen, but never sketched these three before) and then I'll have all 110 Messiers sketched. To me, a DSO has not been observed until a "proper" sketch has been made of it.

More importantly however, I'll have reached the magic number of 500 DSO's observed/logged/sketched after 2 yrs and 2 months of work. I actually reached 500 objects last night, but they include four asterisms (i.e. Arrow Cluster, Coathanger Cluster, Spiral Cluster and the W Cluster), so I'm not sure they would count as valid DSO's.

A great thank you goes out to my two scopes which were responsible for 99% of the work in my quest for 500 (see attached pic):

1) the 3.9" Orion Skyscanner (about 93%)
2) the 4.5" Orion Starblast 4.5 (about 6%)

I used a 4" Celestron NexStar 102GT refractor for the other 1% of my observations. Note that all my observations were done with small scopes of 4.5" aperture or less.

Looking forward to "legitimately" completing 500 tonight at Yucca Valley, California, where this picture was taken. My Starblast 4.5 will be used for this important event.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:38 AM

Congratulations! You might like to try Don Pensack's 500 Best DSO Objects as a follow up to the Messier list. I have been working on it for a while now and it is most rewarding.

Here's a link: Don's list (at his website)

Click on the "extended info tab" on his page and import it to excel.

Some of these I am revisiting from years ago, others are new to me. It's a great list your scope should be able to handle.

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