MESSIER MARATHON - March 31, 2000
Jan Wisniewski

Gould Lake Conservation Area, North of Sydeham, Ontario

Instruments used: 1) homebuilt 6 inch f4 Dobsonian at 30x and 60x
2) 10x50 binoculars

I have arrived there after sunset at 6:45pm (EST) and set up the scope while
waiting for darkness. Sky was clear (just a few small clouds low over NW and
N horizon) and there was only slight wind.
By 7:03 I have noticed Jupiter and Saturn as well as Sirius, Betelgeuse,
Rigel, Procyon, Castor, Pollux, Regulus and g Leo - sky was very
transparent!
At 7:09 I have noticed Mars below Jupiter - first in binoculars and a few
minutes later with my eyes only!

Time: Object: Found with: Also: Remarks:
7:35pm M74 Not seen
7:51 M77 Not seen
7:54 M79 30x 60x #1
7:57 M31 30x B #2
7:57 M32 30x #3
7:57 M110 30x #4
8:00 M33 30x B #5
Zodiacal light was noticed at that time with unaided eye - it formed well
defined cone of light brighter along its axis. Its base spread from a Ari to
a Cet while the tip reached Pleiades. Jupiter and Mars were on the axis
while Saturn was offset South of it.
8:13 M52 30x 60x, B #6
8:20 M103 30x 60x, B #7
8:27 M76 30x 60x #8
8:32 M34 30x B #9
8:36 M93 30x 60x, B #10
Increasing haze over South horizon!
8:40 M46 30x 60x, B #11 + NGC2438
8:40 M47 30x B #12
8:48 M41 30x B #13
8:50 M50 30x B #14
8:54 M48 30x B #15
8:59 M42 30x 60x, B #16
8:59 M43 30x 60x #17
9:05 M78 30x 60x, B #18
9:10 M45 eye B, 30x, 60x #19 + Merope Nebula
9:13 M1 30x 60x, B #20
9:17 M35 30x 60x, B #21 + NGC2158
9:22 M37 30x 60x, B #22
9:26 M36 B 30x, 60x #23
9:26 M37 B 30x, 60x #24 + NGC1907
9:36 M44 eye B, 30x #25
9:38 M67 B 30x, 60x #26
break - it is COLD !!!
10:02 M95 30x 60x, B #27
10:02 M96 30x 60x, B #28
10:02 M105 30x 60x, B #29 + NGC3384/89
10:10 M65 B 30x, 60x #30
10:10 M66 B 30x, 60x #31 + NGC3628
10:21 M60 30x 60x #32 + NGC4647
10:21 M59 30x 60x #33
10:21 M58 30x 60x #34
10:30 M89 30x 60x #35
10:30 M90 30x 60x #36
10:37 M87 30x 60x #37
10:43 M91 30x 60x #38
10:43 M88 30x 60x #39
10:50 M84 30x 60x #40
10:50 M86 30x 60x #41 + Markarian Chain
10:57 M98 30x 60x #42
10:57 M99 30x 60x #43
11:01 M100 30x 60x #44
11:06 M85 30x 60x #45 + NGC4394
11:17 M61 30x 60x #46
11:21 M49 30x 60x #47
11:26 M104 30x 60x #48
11:31 M68 30x 60x #49
11:40 M83 30x 60x #50 + B at 1:00 with haze gone
11:49 M81 30x 60x, B #51
11:49 M82 30x 60x, B #52
11:55 M97 30x 60x #53
11:55 M108 30x 60x #54
11:58 M109 30x 60x #55
12:02am M40 30x 60x #56
12:07 M101 30x B #57
12:10 M51 30x 60x, B #58 + NGC5195
break
no more haze !
12:38 M63 30x 60x, B #59
12:43 M94 30x 60x, B #60
12:48 M106 30x 60x, B #61
12:54 M53 30x 60x, B #62 + NGC5053
12:58 M64 30x 60x, B #63
1:00 M3 30x 60x, B #64
1:11 M102 30x 60x #65
1:15 M13 30x 60x, B #66
1:16 M92 30x 60x, B #67
1:20 M5 30x 60x, B #68
1:22 M57 30x 60x, B #69
1:26 M56 30x 60x, B #70
1:28 M39 30x B #71
1:31 M29 30x B #72
1:35 M71 30x 60x, B #73
1:39 M27 30x 60x, B #74
1:47 M14 30x 60x, B #75
1:56 M12 B 30x, 60x #76
1:56 M10 B 30x, 60x #77
2:03 M107 30x 60x, B #78
2:08 M9 30x 60x, B #79
2:11 M4 30x 60x, B #80
2:15 M80 30x 60x, B #81
2:18 M19 30x 60x, B #82
2:25 M62 30x 60x, B #83
2:31 M11 30x 60x, B #84
2:35 M26 30x 60x, B #85
2:38 M16 30x 60x, B #86
2:41 M17 30x 60x, B #87
2:43 M18 30x B #88
2:45 M24 B 30x #89
2:46 M25 30x B #90
2:48 M22 30x B #91
2:50 M28 30x B #92
2:53 M8 30x B #93
2:54 M20 30x B #94
2:54 M21 30x B #95
2:55 M23 30x B #96
2:57 M15 30x B #97
3:00 M6 B #98
3:00 M7 B #99
break
3:35 M2 30x #100
3:52 M69 30x 60x #101
3:56 M70 30x 60x #102
4:01 M54 30x 60x #103
4:07 M75 30x 60x #104
4:14 M72 30x 60x #105
4:20 M73 30x 60x #106
----- M55 Not seen
----- M30 Not seen

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