South Plains Astronomy Club

Observing Under The Dark West Texas Skies

The presentation for the February meeting was on Messier Marathon by Tom Heisey. I covered the history of Charles Messier and his object catalog, the start of Messier marathons, marathon tips, and many links to support marathon and Messier Observing Program by the Astronomical League.

Presentation from February meeting 2022-02-17 Messier Marathon Planning
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Charles Messier

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – Charles Messier



Messier’s Log Book translated: astro.ago.uni-lj.si/mirror/www.seds.org/messier/xtra/history/m-cat.html

Marathon Guides

The source for much of the marathon images and object info: www.peterboroughastronomy.com/messier.php

Good info on star hopping and good guides: www.robhawley.net/mm/

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – Messier Marathon tips: www.messier.seds.org/xtra/marathon/mm-tips.html

Great info on planning a marathon: lovethenightsky.com/messier-marathon-planning/

A good resource with links: astro-tom.com/messier/messier_files/files_and_links.htm

Messier Marathon Star Hopping Guides

Rob Hawley’s great star hopping and marathon guide: www.robhawley.net/mm/SHG-MM-text-v6a.pdf

Rob Hawley’s great star hopping maps: www.robhawley.net/mm/SHG-MM-charts-v6.pdf

Tulsa Astronomy Club of Tulsa marathon charts: www.grayfoximages.com/Pages/NightSky/MessierMarathonACT.pdf

Some great resources with maps, guides, and logs: www.peterboroughastronomy.com/messier.php

Older Messier object maps: www.astro-tom.com/messier/messier_finder_charts/messier_maps.htm

Astronomy Club of Tulsa:


Messier Marathon Logbooks

Logbook with lots of space astronomyhouston.org/sites/default/files/MM%26Tx45Log_0.pdf

Logbook that matches the maps in the presentation: www.peterboroughastronomy.com/messier.php

Another good marathon logbook: astunit.com/tonkinsastro/messier/messmara.pdf

Messier Observing Program

Astronomy League’s Messier Observing Program: www.astroleague.org/al/obsclubs/messier/mess.html

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – Marathon tips www.messier.seds.org/Messier.html

91 page Messier Log with images and info: www.physics.hmc.edu/faculty/esin/a101/messier.pdf

The Ultimate Messier Object Log: astro-tom.com/messier/tumol/tumol.htm (computerized logbook)