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All Arizona Messier Marathon; 4-5-08

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#76 desertstars

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 11:34 PM

Somebody's gotta do it.
 

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 10:57 AM

Hope you do do better. We've had some folks with health issues the last few years and even lost one (that we know about).

Arrive early. Setup your radio, have a piece of pizza and let's get caught up.
 

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 07:33 PM

Arrive early. Setup your radio, have a piece of pizza and let's get caught up.


Absolutely. I look forward to it. And, Santa left me this box with "Ethos" written on it. I haven't had a chance to open the box yet, but it should provide at least a few minutes of entertainment at Farnsworth.
 

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 10:19 PM

Oh fudge. Was going to leave the big dob at home but now you mention that. :(

It will in the NS11 just fine too - this will be interesting.
 

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 10:51 PM

Arrive early. Setup your radio, have a piece of pizza and let's get caught up.


Absolutely. I look forward to it. And, Santa left me this box with "Ethos" written on it. I haven't had a chance to open the box yet, but it should provide at least a few minutes of entertainment at Farnsworth.


We need to stake out a larger area this year, in anticipation of the crowds...
 

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 12:21 AM

Someone should remind me to bring Gary's Gnome. I'm considering actually going for the Marathon for a change too. Call me crazy!

I'm looking at coming out pretty early to avoid traffic. Especially if the spring flowers are still out. Get some picture taking in.
 

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 01:12 AM

Well, if Chris Vedeler was successful with his marketing of the Ethos at AASP 2007, there should be a distribution of them at AAMM 2008.

Imagine grabbing the Virgo galaxies in one field, and CVn in another.
 

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 10:31 AM

Just get a Russian fisheye adaptor lens to put over the front of the scope. See horizon to horizon! :whee:
 

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:32 PM

I'm thinking about trying a naked eye marathon, just laying on my back and watching the constellations roll past. Would that still entitle me to a certificate? :question: :lol:
 

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:20 PM

Just how long do you think you could stay awake doing it that way?
 

#86 Peter Argenziano

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 08:50 PM

My personal best is 109 and it looks like that may be all that's on the table this year... so I'll likely just use the weekend for some observing and socializing.
Who knows, I may even sell a telescope.
 

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:00 PM

You know where the party people are.




Please share them with us! :)
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:22 AM

Just how long do you think you could stay awake doing it that way?


Long enough to get all 110 and completely aggravate Peter :grin:

:roflmao: :roflmao:
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 09:37 AM

HA! So you ARE dreaming! :lol:
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:13 AM

Someone should remind me to bring Gary's Gnome.


Remember to bring Gary's Gnome.
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:16 AM

My personal best is 109 and it looks like that may be all that's on the table this year... so I'll likely just use the weekend for some observing and socializing.
Who knows, I may even sell a telescope.


I ended up doing so little observing in '07 that I have to admit "running" the marathon this year doesn't really motivate me. I'll probably put a similar emphasis on observing and visiting, especially since I missed AASP '07.
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:51 AM

:ohgeeze:
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 11:52 AM

We should install a concrete pedestal with a four foot gnome on as a permanent marker. Paint it each year. A gnome, out in the middle of the desert. :)
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 03:46 PM

That would probably get the Gnoming Reporter into a pickle. He'd think it was a gnomomotion stop and stand there for gawd knows how long...





Let's do it! :D
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:25 PM

I just gotta do the Marathon once every year! :jump:
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:42 PM

I did a full 110 marathon in the late 90's; too much like "See the capitols of Europe in five days".

If GR waits TOO long at the gnomomotion decoy, the coyotes will sure give him a thrill. Last vehicle leaving Farnsworth, pick up GR!
 

#97 David Pavlich

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:43 PM

A question for you Marathon veterans. What is the most important horizon to have opened? I may try my first one this year and knowing this bit of information will dictate where I go to make my attempt. Thanks!

David
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 06:50 PM

A question for you Marathon veterans. What is the most important horizon to have opened? I may try my first one this year and knowing this bit of information will dictate where I go to make my attempt. Thanks!

David


You need both east and west. West for the early setters, M74, M77 and the Andromeda trio. East for M30. If you go HERE you'll get a PDF of a very popular, time-tested observing order.
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 10:33 PM

Thanks, Peter. And thanks for the link. I'll use it for my guide. Now I have to check with a club member to see what he's doing that weekend in March. :grin:

David
 

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Posted 08 January 2008 - 10:50 PM

A more favorable weekend, at least from our 33° N latitude, is that of April 5th.
 


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