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Messier Marathon: Finder Charts and Log Sheets

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#1 sftonkin

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 01:51 PM

Mod. note: We'll keep this post sticky until after the marathon. Thanks Stephen, edz

Messier Marathon Season is only a few weeks away and now is the time to get some practice on those early evening objects before they get too low in the twilight.

I have produced sets of finder charts (telescopic and binocular). These are available for download from:
http://astunit.com/t...r/messchart.htm

I have also produced sets of marathon Log Sheets in a proposed order of attempting the objects. This is available in several formats: HTML, PDF, Excel, Lotus123, CSV , and may be downloaded from:
http://astunit.com/t...ier/messlog.htm

These have been useful in previous years and I hope they will continue to be so. If anyone wants the flavour of what it is like to complete the marathon, my experiences of the successful 1998 attempt are at:
http://astunit.com/t...er-marathon.htm

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 04:29 PM

Stephen,

How thoroughly enjoyable it was to read your account of that "magical" night in Portugal 6 years ago.

I urge other members to share the experience.

Regards -- Kenny.

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 05:06 PM

Thanks for posting this Stephen! I agree that your report was quite fun to read. Although I won't be attempting a marathon this year I will be practicing. Hopefully next year I'll be familiar enough to try my own. I printed out a few copies of your log sheets, hopefully I'll be able to use them tonight.

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Posted 07 March 2004 - 09:50 PM

Wonderful story Stephen and thanks for the links. I would greatly enjoy embarking on a Messier marathon. This inspires me to start soon....whenever I can finally have some clear skies over Boston!

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 01:20 AM

Thanks -- I intend to try doing it with binoculars some time (not from here -- I am too far north).

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Posted 08 March 2004 - 02:39 PM

Stephen ,

Thanks for shareing the links, looks like you put some serious work into those logsheets :)

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Posted 10 March 2004 - 04:29 PM

Glad you appreciate them. As for the log sheets, I must acknowledge Paul Money, on whose sheets the ideas behind mine are based, and Adam Stachan-Stephens, who checked mine after I had created them (it's easy to make typos in such a venture!).


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