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Canadian Yearly Marathon Results

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2012

From Rancho Hidalgo near Animas, New Mexico on March 22/23, RASC Toronto Centre member:

Guy Nason found all 110 Messiers with his 12.5-inch reflector and 15 x 70 binoculars.  Congratulations to Guy for being the first on this list to visually see all 110 objects! Read Guy's report here.

From his observatory in Albert Bridge, Nova Scotia on March 24/25:

Stan Williams found 104 Messiers with his 10-inch Meade LX200 Classic, missing M33 and M55 (hidden behind trees) and M73, M74, M77, and M30.

 

2011

From a site in Oscella, just south of Cobden (west of Ottawa) on Apr 2/3: 

Pierre Martin found 107 Messiers with his 12.5-inch Portaball, missing just M74, M77, and M30. Read Pierre's report here.

2010

No results reported

 

2009

From the Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group on March 20/21 from Moose Creek (east of Ottawa) :

Stephan Lalonde imaged 109 Messiers with his 8 inch SCT on EQ mount with a MallinCam Hyper Plus Color and an f3.3 focal reducer, missing just M30. See Stephan's images here.

Michael Vasseur imaged 109 Messiers with his 8 inch SCT with a MallinCam Hyper Ultra and an f3.3 focal reducer, missing just M30.

2008

From Cobden (west of Ottawa) on April 5/6:

Pierre Martin found 105 Messiers with his 12.5-inch Dobsonian, missing just M74, M77, M79, M73 and M30. Read Pierre's report here.

 

2007

From the Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group on March 28/29 from suburban Ottawa:

Denis Legault imaged 109 Messiers with his Meade 10-inch LX200 and Mallincam Hyper, missing only M30. Read Denis' report here.

 

2006

From the Moncton Centre (William Brydone Jack Unit) on March 27/28 from Dorn Ridge, about 25 miles northwest of Fredericton:

Donald Kelly attempted his first marathon only 3 weeks after getting his first telescope! With his new 10-inch dob he observed 103 objects missing M79, 83, 6, 73, 75, 55 and 30. Outstanding for a first try & first telescope!!

Ted Dunphy attempted his second marathon and observed 108 with his 10-inch dob. Ted only missed M75 and M30. Wow!!

Paul Gray attempting his 5th marathon observed 109 with his 12.5-inch dob missing only M30. Excellent!!

From the Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group on March 26/27 from suburban Ottawa:

Denis Legault imaged 109 Messiers with his Meade 10-inch LX200 and Mallincam Pro, missing only M30.  Another outstanding effort! Read Denis' report here.

 

 

2005

From the Kingston RASC Centre on March 25/26 from East Hawkesbury (Ontario):

Jan Wisniewski manually found and imaged 106 Messiers with his 8-inch SCT and a Cookbook 245 CCD camera!  He missed M72, M73, M55 and M30. Read his full report on Jan's web site at: http://astrosurf.com/jwisn/mm2005.htm. Well done Jan!!

From the Moncton RASC Centre on March 5/6 from Dorn Ridge, about 25 miles north of Fredericton:

Ted Dunphy found 105 Messiers with his 10-inc Dobsonian. He missed M30, M73, M72, M2 and M77.  Excellent result, especially for early March!

2004

From the Winnipeg RASC Centre on March 20/21 from Riding Mountain National Park (Manitoba):

Sean Ceaser found 101 Messiers with his 8-inch Dobsonian, missing M54, 55, 2, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75, and 30 Read Sean's report here.

From the Okanagan RASC Centre on March 19/20 from Anarchist Mountain (British Columbia):

Alan Whitman found 102 Messiers with an 8-inch Dobsonian, missing M69, 70, 54, 75, 72, 73, 55, and M30. Alan did get M74 (usually a rather difficult one!) and notes that M69, 70, 54, and 75 were missed due to distant clouds. Read Alan's report here.

From the Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group on March 13/14 from suburban Ottawa:

Denis Legault imaged 109 Messiers with his Meade 10-inch LX200 and Mallincam 1, missing only M30. I am not sure if anyone else has ever done this, but it is certainly an outstanding effort! Read Denis' report here.

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2003

From the Kingston RASC Centre on March 29/30 from Maberly (Ontario):

Jan Wisniewski found 97 Messiers with his 20-inch Dobsonian before the sky fogged over. Read his full report on Jan's web site at: http://astrosurf.com/jwisn/mm2003.htm.

From the Winnipeg RASC Centre on March 27/28 and 28/29 from Hwy 248 and Glenlea Observatory

Sean Ceaser found 96 Messiers on the first night, then another 4 the next night with his 8-inch Dobsonian, missing M77, 74, 55, 30, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75 and 54. Read Sean's report here.

2002

From the Kingston RASC Centre on March 16/17 from Maberly (Ontario):

Jan Wisniewski found 106 Messiers with his 6-inch Dobsonian.  He missed M72, M73, M55 and M30. Read his full report on Jan's web site at: http://astrosurf.com/jwisn/mm2002.htm.

From the Ottawa Valley Astronomy and Observers Group on March 16/17 from Beckwith Park (southwest of Ottawa):

Denis Legault found 108 Messiers with his 14-inch Discovery Dobsonian, missing only M55 and M30. . Well done Denis!!! Read Denis' full report here.

Pierre Martin found 106 Messiers with his 8-inch SCT, missing just M72, M75, M55 and M30. Read Pierre's report here.

J.P. Bernier found 90 Messiers with his 8-inch SCT. Click here for J.P.'s report.

Michael Vasseur found 75 Messiers with his Meade ETX-125. Click here for Michael's report.

Luc Coulombe found 104 Messiers with his 8-inch Newtonian, missing M2, M72, M75, M73, M55, and M30. Read Luc's report here.

From the Prince George RASC Centre on March 16/17 from Prince George:

Doug Wayland found 96 Messiers on his first Marathon with his 8-inch SCT. An excellent result, especially because Prince George is located a latitude 54 degrees north!! Read Doug's detailed report here.

From the Regina RASC Centre on March 15/16 from Bratt Lake Solar Radiation Station (30 Km south of Regina):

Vance Petriew found 87 Messiers with his 20-inch Dob. Read Vance's detailed report here.

 

From the Toronto Centre on March 16/17 from the Carr Astronomical Observatory near Collingwood, Ontario:

About a dozen Toronto Centre members collaborated to find 103 Messier objects, missing M77, M55, M75, M2, M72, M73, and M30, using a variety of equipment: 16-inch LX200, 8-inch LX200, 8-inch Dob, 11 x 80 binoculars.

 

 

2001

From the Halifax Centre on March 23/24 from Tuckahoe State Park (eastern shore of Maryland, USA, one hour's drive from Washington, DC)

Paul Gray found 109 Messiers with his 12.5-inch F5 Discovery truss dobsonian, missing only M30. Well done Paul!!! Read Paul's detailed report here.

From the Okanagan Centre on March 23/24 from Sidley Mtn. Rd. site (same as Anarchist Mountain site). Ron reported warm weather (no gloves and open jacket!), a brief but intense aurora, and bright zodiacal light.

Jim Failes found 103 Messiers with his 8-inch dobsonian. He missed M74, M72, M75, M73, M55, M2 and M30.

Ron Scherer found 104 Messiers with his 10-inch dobsonian. He missed M74, M72, M75, M73, M55 and M30

From the Regina RASC Centre on March 24/25 from 30 Km north of Regina:

Vance Petriew found 50 Messiers with his 8-inch scope. Read Vance's detailed report here.

 

2000

From the Okanagan Centre on April 1 from McCulloch Lake, British Columbia (effort hindered by early morning clouds):

Ron Scherer - 93 Messiers, 10-inch Dobsonian
  Paul Ellard - 91 Messiers, 10-inch Dobsonian
Jim Failes - 93 Messiers, 8-inch Dobsonian
  Jim Fishers - result pending, 4.5-inch Newtonian
Guy Mackie - 94 Messiers, 12.5-inch Dobsonian

From the Ottawa Centre on March 31 from Casselman, Ontario:

Pierre Martin, 103 Messiers, 8-inch Celestron SCT. Pierre missed M74, M77, M79, M33, M55, M30. Some of the missed evening objects were obscured by clouds. Read his full report here.

From the Victoria Centre (soon to transfer to the Kingston Centre!) on March 31 from Gould Lake Conservation Area, just north Sydenham, Ontario, which is 25 minutes north of Kingston:

Jan Wisniewski, 106 Messiers, 6-inch Dobsonian. Jan missed just M74, M77, M55, and M30. Jan says that he could have perhaps spotted M77, and M55 if trees had not obstructed his view, but feels M74 was completely out of reach. Read his full report here  and on his web site at http://astrosurf.com/jwisn/marathon.htm

From the Okanagan Centre on April 1/2 from the lower slopes of Mt. Kobau:

Alan Whitman, 102 Messiers, 8-inch Newtonian. Alan missed M77, M74, M79, M33, M69, M70, M55, M30. Unfortunately M79 and M33 were blocked by a high western horizon, while it was just too late in the year for M74 and M77 from his latitude. M69 and M70 were obscured by clouds in morning twilight. Read his full report here.

From the RASC (unattached) on April 4/5 from Sunglow, Arizona (lat. 31.9 N.), two hours southeast of Tucson:

Michael Watson, 108 Messiers, 5-inch Astrophysics refractor. Michael writes "Although I could easily see the nearby guide stars for both objects, the two that I couldn't get were M74 and M77, which were lost in the atmospheric dust that often plagues the western horizon in the Arizona desert." M30 which is impossible to observe from Canada was actually "easy to spot" from Arizona. Michael is actually from Toronto, but traveled to Arizona for the marathon. Read his full report here.

From the Okanagan Centre on April 8/9 from Anarchist Mountain, east of the Okanagan Valley:

Alan Whitman (again!), 105 Messiers, 8-inch Newtonian. Alan missed M77, M74, M79, M33, M30. This was an extraordinary effort given Alan's latitude of 49 degrees north, and the fact that cirrus clouds hampered efforts through the night. Alan had to use setting circles for 5 of the morning objects due to their very low altitude and cloud interference. Read his full report here.

1999

From Bolton, Ontario on March 14-15, observing from Grace Lake (Haliburton, Ontario):

Ron Macnaughton observed 85 Messiers, using an Astrophysics Traveller 105 mm f6 refractor. The next night Ron picked up an additional 20, for a total of 105 in two nights. Overall he missed M2, M73, M72, M75, and M30.

1998

From the Calgary Centre on March 28-29 from the Wilson Coulee Observatory, south of Calgary:

  • Tom Cameron, 102 Messiers, 8-inch reflector
  • Russ Chandler, 100 Messiers.

From the Okanagan Centre on March 28-29 from Isabel Lake Resort in the Okanagan Valley:

Ron Scherer, 104 Messiers, 10-inch Dobsonian. On his first marathon Ron missed M74, M77, M2, M73, M55, M30.

Jim Failes, 103 Messiers, 6-inch Dobsonian.

Alan Whitman, 100 Messiers, 8-inch Newtonian (with the help of setting circles). On his first marathon Alan missed M74, M77, M55, M54, M69, M70, M72, M73, M75, M30

1997

No results reported

1996

From the Toronto Centre on March 16-17 from Garden Hill, 1 hr. north-east of Toronto:


Guy Nason, 104 Messiers, 10-inch Newtonian. On his first marathon Guy missed M74, M75, M72, M73, M55, M30.

Stephen Keefer , 104 Messiers, 16-inch Dobsonian. On his second marathon Stephen missed the same Messiers as Guy.

Paul Markov, 103 Messiers, 8-inch SCT. On his second marathon Paul missed the same Messiers as Guy, plus M2.

1995

  • Tom Cameron saw 104 Messiers on April 1-2 using a 12-inch reflector from the Wilson Coulee Observatory south of Calgary.

1994

  • Tom Cameron saw 98 Messiers on March 19-20 using a 4.5-inch reflector from the Wilson Coulee Observatory south of Calgary.

From the Halifax Centre in March 1994 from Camden (just south of Truro, Nova Scotia):

David Lane saw 106 Messiers with a 13-inch Dobsonian.

Bill Lucas saw 105 Messiers with an 8-inch SCT.

1993

No results reported

1992

From the Toronto Centre on March 28-29 from Long Sault Conservation Area, 50 min. north-east of Toronto:

  • Paul Markov, 100 Messiers, 8-inch SCT. On his first marathon Paul missed M74, M77, M33, M32, M110, M79, M55, M72, M73, M30.
  • Stephen Keefer , 99 Messiers, 8-inch SCT. On his first marathon Stephen missed the same objects as above, plus one other Messier.

 


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