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Messier Mararthon

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:08 pm
by galileo
Been looking for a bit of imaging motivation and purpose to my imaging so thought the Messier Marathon might be the way to go, has anyone ever attempted it ?

As there are over 100 it could be a lengthy process in the UK. Assuming just capturing the object with maybe an hours data with a OSC camera you could maybe average 3 or 4 in a session or even more when capturing some of the star clusters. Based on that, being optimistic you might do it in 20 sessions so being even more optimistic you might do it in a year, more realistically 2 years.

I bet Carole has imaged most of them :thumbsup:

Re: Messier Mararthon

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:23 am
by AstroChris
That's a project :-)
I'm at the first meters of this marathon. I watched a great documentary 'cosmos' with astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse. It's an amazing documentary showing the hard work and effort of the great scientists though the time of human development. Messier and others in their effort to cartograph the heaves are mentioned often.

Secondly there is a awesome YouTube channel from the makers of sixty symbols.
https://www.youtube.com/user/DeepSkyVideos
They cover most of the messier objects and give cool and nerdy informations about them. In every case worth a visit!!

I myself try to catch them all ;) it's kind of a motivation thing and also it would be cool to create a album of those objects witch big astronomers have collected century's ago! I also will do a 'hardware' photobook with a photo and a short description.

But i try to cover them as good as possible, so after a while i might revisit objects to improve quality and so on and will certainly want to get some NGC nebulae in between so my journey will probably last more like... a decade... What a journey!!
So far i have nine objects on that list and need to revisit a few of them as some were first attempts in the early day of hobby... ;-) long way to go!

By the way: Open Star clusters... How long should the integration time be to cover them 'ok'? I did 2.5h for m13 (globular) and that seemed to be ok...i mean there are lots (!!!) of open clusters in that list ;-)

Greetings!!
Chris


Image: first attempt of M1! Definitely need to revisit :') was only around 200 x 20 sec subs at iso 1600.
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Re: Messier Mararthon

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:18 pm
by galileo
cheers Chris good effort.
I've had a closer look at the objects, I'll rattle through the star clusters, how did they end up in the Messier catalogue anyway? They can hardly be mistaken for comets.
Also some of them are too far south to imager from North England so a trip to South of France may be in order :thumbsup:

Re: Messier Mararthon

PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:08 pm
by AstroChris
galileo wrote:cheers Chris good effort.
I've had a closer look at the objects, I'll rattle through the star clusters, how did they end up in the Messier catalogue anyway? They can hardly be mistaken for comets.
Also some of them are too far south to imager from North England so a trip to South of France may be in order [emoji106]
Don't say that. With my old 7cm Newtonian the open starcluster look like a diffuse 'blob' and in the early days of visual astronomy the lenses weren't that good and stuff.... So more then a 'bluer' wasn't possible to notice.

Anyway: how much time per open cluster do you wanna spend?

Greetings :-)

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Re: Messier Mararthon

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:27 pm
by martin_h
I started the Messier Marathon a while ago, like you say a few are waaaaaay to far south to ever capture the lot. Due to equipment woes I haven't had a telescope pointing at the sky since February!