Group Messier Marathon - Practice session 2

By amar_universe; Published 24 Feb 2009

This is one of the 2 mock-up sessions for the MM-2009 that BAS is conducting (see the Calendar section). We have prepared an order of Messier objects to be hunted right from dusk to dawn. Techniques on finding Messiers will be taught with a 8" telescope and 10x50 binoculars.

There are 26 open clusters, objects which can be easily mastered, even through a pair of binoculars. Many of the 29 globular clusters can also be seen with binoculars. Nearly all of the 40 galaxies will require a telescope. The remaining 15 objects are assorted, requiring telescopes, binoculars or even naked-eyes. We plan to cover as many objects as possible.

Those participating in the MM-2009 on 28th March, are requested to join in for this practice session on 21st March, after the pervious one on 28th February. You are most welcome to help us and yourself, by getting your own equipments.

Location : Hosahalli, 70 km North of Bangalore

Equipments : Those possessed by self and members.

Requirements for the Final Marathon:

1) Please go through as many resources on the web about MM, its realities and insights, which could help you better. Like, some google books on Messier Marathon. Revise through the Marathon list, and do your own research.

2) It is not just another observing session. It is a race against time, where you cant afford to actually lose out on even a minute. The only obstacle we come across apart from sleep and fatigue is...cold. Cold hinders the prolonged ability to observe. Hence it would be better if you take care to keep specially warm, and cover every inch of your body, so the nightly chills will not be any hindrance.

3) Get your own dim red light for reading, recording and sketching details at night.

4) We will try to provide finder charts, or mail you in advance. Anyway if you get your own Messier charts you are comfortable with, very good.

5) Most importantly, you would need to get your own optical equipment, since we do not have any additionals. Try to procure a 10x50 binocular or a scope.

Contact -

Amar A. Sharma

BAS Observing Cordinator

080-26584097 (preferably 9-11 pm daily)