We were all about trying to make it the LONGEST CloudyNights Live-Stream on record. It really had little to do with the Messier Marathon. hahahaha Kidding. Here's our live-stream, just wrapped up a few hours ago, in which, by God's grace (and a lot of Robert's coffee), we did somehow manage to snag real-live EAA imaging of all 110 Messier Objects. There were tons involved, but for sure we need to thank Gary Shaw, "Appendix 1" (Robert), Curtis, Sanjeev, "Noah4x4" Phil, "Zephead" (Frank), Yanlisman (Rob), "HornJS" (Jeff), "RoelB" (Roel, from Belgium), DavidJohn, "GeminiJK" (John), "Relativist" (Curtis), and even Gary Hawkins who stopped by to cheer the group on -- and more. We were for sure stronger together than we would have been separately! : )
Important note: The scrubber-slider will be your friend. : ) There's a segment in the middle when most of us grabbed a two-hour nap. So that's a nice LONG view of my RASA in the night-vision Scope-cam darkness. haha Like I say, if you watch, please use the scrubber-slider liberally.
There are MANY objects we'll post somehow, later, but here's just one that's handy. There are 109 to go. : )
Obviously, the Dumbbell Nebula (also known as the Apple Core Nebula, Messier 27, and NGC 6853). It's a planetary nebula in the constellation Vulpecula, at a distance of about 1360 light-years. It was the first such nebula to be discovered, by Charles Messier in 1764. This image was live-stacked in SharpCap pro from 5 frames with a total of just 100 seconds of imaging time. The entire Marathon was FILLED with great examples of why EAA is THE perfect skill/art/approach/strategy for a Messier Marathon. It's MADE for appreciating rare beauties like M27 in fairly quick order. Think about it. These kinds of jaw-dropping views took place again and again all night in literally 3-minute windows (and actually, this view was HALF that time). EAA is MADE for Messier Marathons. Several of our team members were fighting terrible cloudy conditions. We were all on the edge of our seats as we captured M30 together in the glow of dawn. I'm not joking - NONE Of us could have found M30 with naked-eye astronomy. The entire horizon was lit up with an Easter-like sunrise.
Thank you CloudyNights EAA for helping us learn an incredibly fun hobby. You guys are the greatest.
Edited by EmeraldHills, 21 March 2021 - 10:17 AM.