Date: March 12/13, 2005
Site: south of Arizona City, Arizona.
The “2005 All Arizona Messier Marathon” was one of the more successful ones where we could only get 109 objects. This was due, probably in part, to the long spat of unusually cloudy and rainy weather we have had since the beginning of the year. It was reported the site had about 11″ of rain. The beautiful blooming yellow, orange and purple wild flowers testified to this as they covered about 2/3’s of the normally barren desert floor. No doubt they also contributed to some of our allergies.
At our briefing meeting near sunset 85 vehicles were counted along with approximately 110, photon starved, people. A request for attendees outside of Arizona revealed folks from California, Michigan, Connecticut and Canada. Hopefully I didn’t miss anyone’s state.
As the sunset and it got darker everyone started their observing, be it the marathon or personal lists. My plans were to complete a task started a few years ago and that was to complete drawing the rest of the Messier galaxies in the Coma-Virgo cluster of galaxies. The task was completed after a couple of hours and that left time for bagging 60, just enough for a certificate.
As morning twilight approached there were a couple of observers that were hoping to view M30 and spent a lot of time checking its position while looking at their watches and watching the eastern horizon brighten. Finally they conceded to the brightening sky. Can’t blame them for trying, but we did have some fun joking around.
By the time everyone turned in their lists the count had reached 40 with 13 observing 109 objects. Last year there were only 3 with this count with Rick Tejera being the only one in first place both years.
The observing conditions were not excellent, but were very good and after the long drought of non-observable weather we were all glad for the opportunity.
SAC Messier Marathon Coordinator
Missed or Comments
|109||Peter Argenziano||18″f4.5 DOB||EVAC/SAC||M30|
|109||Andrew Cooper||18″f4.5 DOB||TAAA||M30|
|109||Anne Marie Cooper||10″ LX200||none||M30|
|109||Chris Biggs & Ethan Foxman||Celestron 11||SAC||M30|
|109||David Hardinger||10″ LX200||none||M30|
|109||Roger Hutchins||8″ LX200||EVAC||M30|
|109||Jack Jones||20″ f5 DOB||SAC||M30|
|109||Paul Lind||14.5″ DOB||SAC||M30|
|109||Bernie Sanden||10″f5 DOB||EVAC/SAC||M30|
|109||Carter Smith||10″ DOB||TAAA||M30|
|109||Rick Tejera||8″f6 DOB||SAC||M30|
|109||Gerry van Dyk||C10N-GT||RASC-E||M30|
|108||Jack/Carol Farmer||8″ LX200||TAAA||M74 M30|
|108||Patrick McDonald||8″ Newt||RASC-T||M74 M30|
|108||John Moschinger||8″ Newt||EVAC||M74 M30|
|108||David J. Trogan||8″ LX200||EVAC||M74 M30|
|108||Ray Vorbeck||8″ LX200||SAC||M74 M30|
|107||Rick Rotramel||10″ f5.8 Newt||SAC||M72 M73 M30|
|106||James & Delia Brix||16″ DOB||TAAA||M75 M72 M73 M30|
|106||Jonathan Yount||8″ f6 Newt||EVAC||M74 M72 M73 M30|
|105||Greg&Amanda Kettell||8″ Newt||none||M55 M75 M72 M73 M30|
|105||Scott&David Kroeppler||20X80 binos||AL||M77 M74 M72 M73 M30|
|103||Chuck Shields||XT10 DOB||EVAC||M77 M74 M15 M2 M72 M73 M30|
|103||Wayne Thomas||unknown||EVAC/SAC||M55 M75 M15 M2 M72 M73 M30|
|102||John Mathews||8″ LX200||EVAC||M74 M33 M70 M55 M75 M72 M73 M30|
|100||James Squair||8″ DOB||GRAC||M102 M98 M100 M55 M75 M15 M2 M72 M73 M30|
|94||Joan McGue||8″ DOB||SAC|
|92||Jamie Lines||8″ DOB||TAAA|
|89||Scott&Heather Saari||8″ f6 DOB||SAC|
|78||Thomas Watson||8″ f4.9 DOB||TAAA|
|76||Lynn Blackburn||5″ refractor||SAC|
|74||John Holmquist||6″ Meade SN||EVAC|
|69||Michael Grindle||8″ Newt||TAAA|
|69||Nick DeMesa||8″ Celestron||TAAA|
|67||Roy Chancellor||8″ SCT||EVAC|
|60||AJ Crayon||14.5″ f5.2 DOB||SAC/EVAC|
|59||Susan Barbetti||8″ f6 DOB||none|
|57||Hazel Lawler||20″ DOB||TAAA|
AL = Astronomical League – member at large
EVAC = East Valley Astronomy Club
GRAC = Grand Rapids Astronomy Club
RASC-E = Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Edmundton Centre
RASC-T = Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Toronto Centre
SAC = Saguaro Astronomy Club
TAAA = Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association