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Messier Sketching Marathon Results

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#1 Erix


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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:42 AM

Hi all,

A few nights ago, I ran and sketched the Messier Marathon from my property. Jeremy Perez sketched the marathon in 2009 and I just had to try it for myself! On the night of the 13th/14th, I observed 106 and sketched 103.

I'm doing another attempt tonight at our club's marathon event. Hopefully my stamina will prevail as I'm still not fully recovered from the last one. :lol:

You can find the full report, sketches, and timed results here: 2013 March 13/14 Messier Sketching Marathon

Sorry it's a long report, but hopefully it'll give others that haven't attempted the marathon a good idea of what to expect and how to plan. :rainbow:

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:33 PM

A very impressive achievement!

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:27 PM

Very impressive endeavor. And a nice sketching keepsake to remember the night with.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:43 PM

Frankly astonishing. Doing a marathon with a 16" is not easy to begin with. I noticed Tylenol on your gear list. No wonder.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 07:41 PM


Congratulations, that is quite an achievement.
I'll bet the night went by faster than you expected.
You certainly will get them them all next time (weather permitting).

Frank :)

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:42 PM

Whaw Erika, I'm impress. You succeed !
it is the kind of result that can push me to upgrade my telescope...

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:30 AM


A wonderful and I hope satisfying experience for you! :bow: :bow: I am sure I could never do a Messier Marathon and sketch each object I saw in five minutes. Nope, I don't think I can do that. Again, congrats on completing such a wonderful project.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:15 PM

Congratulations! I agree the Year Round Messier Marathon book is incredible! I am doing a more leisurely stroll with a multi-night marathon with about fifteen objects remaining. I will explore the sketching aspect as that would be a better and more concrete log than my brief observations like "small and diffuse" which really do no mean anything when I review this a year later. The next time through will surely be faster than my first run where I am discovering many objects for the first time. Excellent write-up and accomplishment. Well done!

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:27 PM


I haven't even viewed that many objects in one night, let alone draw them, LOL.

Nice work! :waytogo:


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Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:44 PM

Thank you very much, everyone. It's been great fun. I did a second run with our club's event this weekend.

2013 March 16/17th Messier Sketching Marathon report

We got clouded out by half past midnight, but I managed 42 sketches between 2022-0023 ST that night and even nabbed M74! I made better time up to that point and felt much more relaxed. Really looking forward to next year's event!

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:32 PM

Wow... Impressive. Messier Marathons hard enough, I can only imagine how hard sketching them is.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:47 AM

Hi Erika,

What a great effort and accomplishment. I enjoyed reading your report. Personally, I got distracted by comet PANSTARRS around the horizon :smirk:

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 03:10 PM

I'm inspired! Must try this sometime. Great work.

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Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:27 PM

Erika; well done indeed.....Im heading out tonight with my 4 inch refractor to see how many I can see getting a late start, strictly visual mind you. Aint got your talent

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:40 AM

Thanks everyone.

I had to force myself to ignore PanStarrs both sessions so that I could concentrate on the marathon. Thankfully, I've had several observations of PanStarrs so far so that I don't feel guilty for not catching the comet during the marathon nights.

Andy and Preston, the sketches were bare minimum of the objects with a few field stars to help with identification. Each sketch only took a minute or two tops and you can see by the sketches that they are poor quality. I have to keep reminding myself that the intent was to catch them all through sketching...not long, detailed sketches from thorough observations that I typically would strive for. ;) It was a race against time after all. :grin:

BTW, Andy, talent isn't required for sketching observations. All sketches at the eyepiece are useful!

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:16 PM

Still, a phenomenal achievement to catch them all on sketch in a marathon.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:12 PM

Erika, your report is impressive, but looking through the sketches really made me realize what an accomplishment it is!
I sketch most of my observations, and to see all of them lined up like that from one night's work... it's inspiring.
I have yet to do a marathon, but I know now that I will.
Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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