2007 All Arizona Messier Marathon Results

Site: Arizona City, Arizona

Date: March 17/18, 2007

It is safe to say this year's event was an OH WOW! For starters the weather, as forecasted by the Clear Sky Clocks of Canada wasn’t good at all. The morning of the event had cloudy skies till 3:00am MST Sunday. By noon it was reporting clear skies about midnight and, when I left for the site at about 2:00pm, it was to be clear by 10:00pm. But two hours later the clearing was predicted for 8:00pm. Yet by twilight it was clear enough to be of no problem at all.

Next were those in attendance. From counts by Jennifer Polakis we had 85 vehicles, 140 people and one dog, Rascal Polakis, the best astro-dog ever. Out of staters came from California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina. I hope I’ve got all of them listed. To that add two observers from Mexico and a visitor from India. The Border Patrol came by, as well as the landowner Ray Farnsworth. Remember that without Ray’s co-operation and support we would not have access to this site. So a big thanks, again, goes to Ray. So many people, so little time.

As far as marathoners, there were 61 lists turned in a new record for the event. This surpasses the 56 from 2001, where all 110 were available.

Here are some highlights that stand out in my mind that were garnered from e-mail messages and notes on the checklists that were turned in.

From the final results, published elsewhere, only one person bagged all 110, Frank Pino, a member of the East Valley Astronomy Club (EVAC) located in the eastern suburbs of Phoenix, AZ. Butch Miller also found M30. Unfortunately he missed M74, which was buried in the bright glow of the Zodiacal Light, stretching upwards to the Pleiades, and Venus.

Speaking of M30 there were several others that found M30, but didn’t participate in the marathon. They were Tom and Jennifer Polakis, Frank Kraljic and Paul Lind, in a 10” f5.6 Dobsonian and Bernie Sanden in a 12.5” Dobsonian. Elsewhere several participants were discussing its visibility when they realized they only saw the 5th magnitude star 41 Capricorni, just 23 arc-minutes to its east, instead of the globular cluster. Leaving them with a count of 109 instead of the anticipated 110.

George Robinson, from Auburn, California, and I understand a friend of Don Machholz, did the marathon by memory. He had no Go-to, no push to, no digital setting circles, no analog setting circles and no star chart. Just his mind the telescope and a dark sky. Great job George!

Jim Jackson, from Eugene, Oregon, recorded an SQM reading of 21.59 at 5:00AM Sunday morning. Peter Argenziano got a reading of 21.65 around midnight and his pervious nights readings averaged out to 21.49. Not bad for a mediocre Arizona observing site.

This year we seemed to have marathoners of all ages. They ranged from Ken Sikes’ son Clay and his grandsons, 11-year-old Ryan and 8-year-old Jacob. Not to be out done was Melvin Harrison’s 12-year-old grandson Daniel Butters. To that add 17-year-old Kevin LeGore. Great job all!

Needing mention is SAC member Al Stiewing who not only observed 109 objects, but also managed to image 108. He missed M103 as it was behind his campers pop-up and M30. He is still reviewing his images and promises to do better in a future marathon.

Jack Jones was busy doing a booming business selling 2007 All Arizona Messier Marathon t-shirts. Who said the economy wasn’t doing so well?

We also appreciate the support from EVAC. The president Claude Haynes setup their tent and offered midnight snacks for any and all that wanted to show up. Claude said he didn’t know how many took part because he was so busy finding 106 objects. Thank you Claude and EVAC.

As for myself, I bagged no Messier objects. I slept through almost all of the marathon observing. Wasn't sick. Wasn't tired. For some reason it just felt good sleeping out under the stars.

As I said, “OH WOW!” What a marathon.

AJ Crayon
Saguaro Astronomy Club

Num
Name
Scope
Organizitation
Missed or Comments

110

Frank Pino

CPC1100

EVAC

 

109

Bruce Anderson

LX200

EVAC

M30

109

Peter Argenziano

25" DOB

SAC/EVAC

M30

109

James Delia Brix

16" DOB

(1)

M30

109

Chris Brownewell

120ED Ref

(2)

M30

109

Michael Evans

C8

(3)

M30

109

Jack Jones

20"f5 DOB

SAC

M30

109

Kevin Jones

8" SCT

TAAA

M30

109

Scott Leach

LX200 GPS

(4)

M30

109

Paul Lind

14.5" f5 DOB

SAC

M30

109

Butch Miller

LX90

EVAC

M74 yes he found M30!

109

John Moschinger

8"

n/a

M30

109

Richard Payne

6" f3.3 Tak

SAC

M30

109

Marty Pieczonka

140mm Ref

EVAC

M30

109

Jimmy Ray

CGE1100

SAC

M30

109

George Robinson

10" f4.7 DOB

(5)

M30 and all by memory!

109

Rick Rotramel

12.5" f4.9 New

SAC

M30

109

Al Stiewing

C8

SAC

M30

109

Julie & Jeff Trogan

LX200 8" GPS

EVAC

M30

109

Alonzo Villarreal

LX200

EVAC

M30

108

Salvador Aguirre

8" SCT

(6)

M74 M30

108

Bob Christ

9.25" SCT

SAC

M74 M30

108

Gary Gardner

24" DOB

TAAA

M74 M30

108

Brent Jacobs

10" DOB

EVAC

M74 M30

108

Dan Gruber

18" f4.5 DOB

SAC

M74 M30

108

Jim Jackson

16x70 binos

(7)

M74 M30 SQM = 21.59 @ 5

108

Raul Madero

8" SCT

(6)

M74 M30

108

Ken Shaver

16" f4.5 DOB

TAAA

M74 M30

108

Ken Sikes

10" SCT

EVAC

M74 M30  son & grandson

108

Wayne Thomas

11" SCT

EVAC/SAC

M74 M30

108

Shane Tillotson

CPC800

EVAC

M74 M30

108

Dave Trogan

LX200 8" GPS

EVAC

M74 M30

108

Christopher Vedeler

12" DOB

n/a

M74 M30

107

Melvin L Harrison

10" DOB

EVAC

M74 M76 M30

106

Larry Arbeiter

unknown

(8)

M2 M72 M73 M30

106

Ed Beggy

CPC1100

(9)

M74 M108 M9 M30

106

Claude Haynes

10" DOB

EVAC

M27 M72 M73 M30

105

John Evelan

20" f4 DOB

EVAC

M33 M103 M72 M73 M30

104

Bill Lofquist

12.5" DOB

TAAA

M77 M74 M2 M72 M73 M30

104

Scott Kroeppler

Ori ST80

(10)

M74 M75 M2 M72 M73 M30

102

Darrell Edwards

8" SCT

EVAC

M74 M33 M32 M110 M76 M7

102

Thomas Watson

8" Eq SVP

TAAA

M74 M55 M75 M15 M2 M72

100

Joan McGue

8" f6 DOB

SAC

M77 M74 M32 M55 M75 M15

99

John Matthews

LX200

EVAC

 

91

Tim Jones

6" f6 DOB

SAC

 

87

Rick Avery

10" f5.6 DOB

SAC

 

87

Christy Edwards

8" SCT

EVAC

 

87

Cindy Wood

8" SCT

EVAC

 

86

Sheryl Gambardella

8" f6 DOB

(11)

 

68

Linda Henneberg

10" Goto SCT

(12)

 

68

Bryce McFarland

10" Goto SCT

(12)

 

68

Kevin LeGore

10" DOB

n/a

 

66

Daniel Butters

10" DOB

EVAC

Grandson of Melvin Harr

62

James Larson

unknown

(13)

 

62

Ques Zelaya

unknown

(13)

 

57

Clayton Sikes

8" f7 DOB

n/a

Son

57

Ryan Sikes

8" f7 DOB

n/a

Grandson

57

Jacob Sikes

8" f7 DOB

n/a

Grandson

47

Trent Gutterdum

unknown

n/a

 

23

Beverly McCune

9x63 binox

TAAA

 

1

Julie Brozio

baby green eye

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Notes -

1 - Rio Rico, AZ
2 - Calumet Astronomical Society, Griffith, IN
3 - Coconino Astronomical Society
4 - Colorado Springs Astronomical Society
5 - Auburn, CA; Astronomical League - Member at Large
6 - Sociedad Astronomica de Sonora Carl Sagan, MEXICO
7 - Eugene Astronomical Society; Eugene, OR
8 - Flossmoor, IL
9 - Tucson, AZ
10 - Astronomical League - Member at Large
11 - Tucumcari, NM
12 - Northern Arizona University Astronomy Club, Flagstaff, AZ
13 - McLean, VA

View the results from:
2006 2005

See the following site http://www.seds.org/messier/xtra/marathon/results.html for more information about this, other marathon events and Charles Messier.