Messier Sketching Marathon Results
Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:42 AM
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.
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.
Posted 16 March 2013 - 01:27 PM
Posted 16 March 2013 - 05:43 PM
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).
Posted 16 March 2013 - 11:42 PM
it is the kind of result that can push me to upgrade my telescope...
Posted 17 March 2013 - 12:30 AM
A wonderful and I hope satisfying experience for you! 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.
Posted 17 March 2013 - 05:15 PM
Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:27 PM
I haven't even viewed that many objects in one night, let alone draw them, LOL.
Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:44 PM
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!
Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:32 PM
Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:47 AM
What a great effort and accomplishment. I enjoyed reading your report. Personally, I got distracted by comet PANSTARRS around the horizon
Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:27 PM
Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:40 AM
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.
BTW, Andy, talent isn't required for sketching observations. All sketches at the eyepiece are useful!
Posted 04 April 2013 - 02:16 PM
Posted 04 April 2013 - 03:12 PM
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.