Messier Marathon

1 month 4 days ago #108318 by lunartic
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It's that time of the year again, is there anyone out there up for the challenge of seeing the entire Messier list in one night?
The last time I organised this, flu caught me and I was unable to attend.  There are two windows this year, March 21 and March 28.
What do you think?
Paul

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1 month 4 days ago #108319 by michael_murphy
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I'm game.

Both dates are good for me.

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1 month 4 days ago #108321 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Sure why not?

Count me in, and both nights should be good for me too. 

Great stuff! 

Darren. 

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1 month 4 days ago #108322 by lunartic
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Anyone got a good site in mind?  We need a good eastern and southern view.  I don't think the Sugarloaf works, the towns of Greystones and Wicklow interfere to the south.  Somewhere south of Wicklow town should work.
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1 month 4 days ago #108323 by michael_murphy
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Where did we go to the last time?

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1 month 3 days ago #108324 by lunartic
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I think it was somewhere near Lough Tay, but I remember you guys saying that there was a lot of passing traffic.

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1 month 3 days ago #108326 by lunartic
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How far are you guys prepared to travel to find a good spot?  I am not suggesting halfway across the country here, but an idea of distance will help try to pinpoint a location.

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1 month 3 days ago #108327 by michael_murphy
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Hi Paul,

I'd be willing to travel up to 90mins.

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1 month 3 days ago - 1 month 3 days ago #108328 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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90 mins would be fine by me.

That would get us quite a far way from the lights. 

Are you still thinking of somewhere in the Wicklow National Park?

I have my scope set-up in the back garden for some observing. So, I'm going to head-out to try observe a few galaxies around Ursa Major - M81 and M82, and M51, but I'll check in again later this evening lads.

Clear skies,

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1 month 2 days ago #108332 by lunartic
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I was looking at Google maps and I found a place called Kilmichael Point on the Wicklow/Wexford border.  It has a good view to the east and south, the land to the west looks flat.  It is by the sea and there is an old coast guard station, I don't know if it is occupied.  It looks like there is an area where scopes can be set up.  I hope to pop down this weekend or next to check it out.  Have a look and tell me what you think.

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1 month 2 days ago #108334 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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That's great Paul, and I'm looking forward to hearing how you get on.

Clear skies,

Darren.

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1 month 1 day ago #108337 by michael_murphy
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I had a look on Google Street view.  There were cars parked by the house.

It could be a holiday let I suppose.

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1 month 1 day ago #108340 by lunartic
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I was looking at Google maps and I saw that above Glendalough there is a spot close to Turlough Hill.  It is not a large space, but if there are only a handful of us, it might work.  The only problems are it is slightly below a road, the R756, so there might be blazing headlights, it is in a slight valley and there is a large hill to the south.
www.google.com/maps/place/Sevenchurches,...d53.03213!4d-6.39696
Just to let you know, work wise either Friday the 20th or Friday the 27th work well for me.
The sun sets around seven o'clock on each evening, with astronomical twilight at around eight o'clock.  The trip times would be approximately fifty minutes to either site.
If anyone has any suggestions for a site, let me know.

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1 month 19 hours ago #108341 by michael_murphy
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I remember being using one of the car parks on that road before and it was quite busy.

I've found two more north of Arklow.

They are parking for the nearby beach.  They are both by the road and can only take a few cars.

www.google.ie/maps/@52.8356099,-6.10983,...?hl=en-GB&authuser=0

www.google.ie/maps/@52.8457646,-6.093676...?hl=en-GB&authuser=0

Maybe we should try Lough Tay again.  The road might have been busy but we were back a bit from it.

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1 month 15 hours ago #108342 by lunartic
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Lough Tay sounds okay, I must try to remember the way.  With the bad weather coming in I will not be checking out Kilmichael Point, I will need what next weekend holds.

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4 weeks 37 minutes ago #108345 by michael_murphy
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3 weeks 6 days ago #108346 by lunartic
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Hi Michael

There is the Ballinastoe car park, but that is right on the roadside, a little further down the road there is a spur to the right, which looks better, it is a little above the road.

Ben is going to put up a post on Meetup, so may get some more people attending.

Paul

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3 weeks 5 days ago #108347 by michael_murphy
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Hi Paul,

The spur up the road looks good.  It will depend on how many turn up I suppose.

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3 weeks 1 day ago #108355 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi lads, 

Sorry I've missed out on conversation over the past week. If you're still taking suggestions I have a couple as I am fairly familiar with the Wicklow Mountains. It seems like there is a particular order by which one does the Marathon. Will we need a Western sky for the start of the event though? 

Clear skies, 

Darren. 

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3 weeks 1 day ago #108357 by lunartic
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Darren, there are plenty of online sites that give the observing list order.  A western sky is useful for catching M74 and M77 before they disappear.  M30 is tricky in the pre-dawn sky.
Paul

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2 weeks 6 days ago - 2 weeks 6 days ago #108368 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Thanks for that Paul. I've looked through a couple of websites and the odd YouTube video. I'm beginning to think I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but It will be fun.

Clear skies,

Darren.

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2 weeks 5 days ago - 2 weeks 5 days ago #108376 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi All,

While I'm sure many of you will have your own charts for the Messier Marathon, I thought I share this one I found. It is specifically designed for individuals who do not have a 'go to' scope. 

Here is the link:  astrohum.org/tumol.pdf

As I'll be using a manual scope and a Telrad, I am going to use this PDF on the night. Of course, if anyone feels there is a better chart for a manual scope I'd love to hear from you.

Clear skies,

Darren.
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2 weeks 5 days ago #108381 by lunartic
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Excellent charts, I use an alt az mount myself and binoculars.  The marathon sounds daunting, but it's not really.  Once past the Virgo cluster a break can be taken and there are some objects that might not be seen, I'm thinking M6 and M7 and possibly M74 and M77.  It will be fun to see how many can be seen.

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2 weeks 4 days ago #108382 by Until_then-Goodnight!
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Hi Paul,

Many thanks for your message. I'm going to bring my 10 X 50s too as the XT6 has a fairly narrow FOV. I'm looking forward to it, and it should be a bit of fun too.

Clear skies,

Darren.

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1 week 6 days ago #108396 by lunartic
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With the spread of Covid-19, I believe that we should cancel this event.  There will be other years to take the challenge.

Paul

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