Woohoo! Finally finished the Messier list tonight
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:26 AM
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.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:38 AM
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Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:21 AM
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.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:06 AM
Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:33 AM
May I suggest the Finest NGC list next.More eye candy that was over looked by Messier.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:27 PM
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?
Posted 08 February 2013 - 12:40 PM
>>> 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.
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.
Posted 08 February 2013 - 02:14 PM
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:06 PM
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.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 03:09 PM
Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:53 PM
What's next? Herschel 400? Caldwell's?
Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:51 PM
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.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:38 AM
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.