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Old 10-29-2008, 10:08 AM
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Default Messier Marathon for 2009

I just got word that the All AZ Messier Marathon for 2009
will be on March 28. Mark your calendars.

On this date there are usually 2 locations, fairly locally, you can go to be involved in this awesome marathon. They want serious observers only.

1. Dennis Young's group goes up to the 2 Trees site which is between Cottonwood and Prescott. I hear that is an awesome site to be at.
The Map to this location can be found in our downloads section under Maps. But I have linked it for you here.

2. The other clubs in Phoenix and the Tucson club goes to a location they hold it called AZ City, which is south of Phoenix on the way to Tucson.

Here's a link to some info on the 2007 event hosted by SAC. If you plan to attend, I'd suggest reading up on what they did last year. When the new info arrives, I will post it in this Thread. They also have directions to the site near AZ City, at the bottom of this link.
And here's a link for the 2008 event, with more info you might want to read about.

Either location works and the people there are seriously trying to get all
110 objects observed from Sundown to Sun up.

PAS does not sponsor either location or this event at this time, however, feel free to attend the event run by another astronomy club in AZ.

I will post more info about the Messier Marathon in this Thread. Watch for news about it and links to info on where you can go to be involved.

Here's an extensive list of previous marathon winners and their awards.

What is the Messier Marathon?

Charles Messier was looking for comets. Along the way he made a catalog of items in the sky that were not comets. There are about 110 items in his catalog list. After he dies (that's when everyone famous gets recognized) his list became a popular Marathon in which everyone who does the marathon strives to view & identify all 110 objects in one night. There is only one night a year that all items can be seen between sundown and sun up.

Awards are given for accomplishing, having seen more items than anyone else through your telescope.

More info will be posted as I get word about it.
If you attend, be sure to let us know how many objects you found that night!
We would like to congratulate you!
Terri Finch, PAS Events Manager since 2008 We are All Star Stuff !!!
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