2009 All Arizona Messier Marathon Results

Site: Farnsworth Ranch, south of Arizona City, Arizona

Date: March 28-29, 2009

 

Num
Name
Scope
Organizitation
Missed or Comments

110

David Douglass

8" SCT

EVAC

Also imaged all objects

110

Don Machholz

6" Newt

 

43rd Marathon! By memory

110

Frank Pino

8" SCT

EVAC

 

110

George Robinson

10" Dob

AL

By memory

110

Rick Tejera

8" Dob

SAC

 

109½

Jimmy Ray

11" SCT

SAC

M74

109

Dr Salvador Aguirre

8" SCT

CADH

M74

109

Paul Lind

14" Dob

SAC

M74

109

Joan McGue

8" Dob

SAC

M30

109

Bernard & Ben Miller

11" SCT

EVAC

M74

109

David Trogan

8" SCT

EVAC

M74

108

Ray Heinle

12" SCT

EVAC

M74 M110

108

Howard Israel

11" SCT

EVAC

M74 M110

107

Melinda Ketelsen

5" SCT

TAAA

M77 M74 M30

107

Greg Kettell

11" SCT

AAAA

M77 M74 M30

105

Bruce Anderson

12" SCT

 

M74 M33 M110 M97 M9

105

Daniel Butters

10" Dob

EVAC

M54 M55 M75 M72 M30

105

Melvin Harrison

10" Dob

EVAC

M54 M55 M75 M72 M30

104

Alex Attanasio & Michael Tarantino

9¼" SCT

NAU

M74 M33 M110 M103 M72 M30

104

Jeremy Perez

6" Dob

CAS

M74 M32 M110 M72 M73 M30 Sketched all 104 objects observed

104

Jim Shedlowsky

8" SCT

WAS

M74 M110 M52 M103 M75 M30

103

Scott Kroeppler

20x80 Binos

AL

M77 M74 M33 M75 M72 M73 M30

103

Lowell Samples

8" SCT

 

M74 M33 M110 M43 M72 M73 M30

102

Edward Eastburn

5" Refractor

FRA

M77 M74 M55 M75 M2 M72 M73 M30

100

Stephen Perry

90mm Mak

SAC

M77 M74 M33 M31 M32 M110 M103 M72 M73 M30

100

Rick Rotramel

10" Newt

SAC

M31 M32 M110 M52 M54 M55 M75 M72 M73 M30

99

Neil Ruien

18" Dob

EVAC

 

93

Bruce Monte

8" SCT

EVAC

 

79

Will Golz

9¼" SCT

EVAC

 

79

Rosie Dodder

8" SCT

SAC

 

79

Jack Jones

20" Dob

SAC

 

78

Clark Rogers

8" Dob

EVAC

 

72

Jon Koester

10" SCT

EVAC

 

71

Andrew Goodwin

10" Dob

SAC

 

69

James & Delia Brix

16" Dob

 

 

67

Steve Dodder

20" Dob

SAC

 

62

Steve Dermer

8" SCT

WVAC

 

58

David Hatch

12½" Dob

EVAC

 

57

Grizelda Celaya

LX200

 

 

57

Alice Jung

LX200

 

 

56

Scott Tannehill

18" Dob

TAAA

 

 

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2009 All-Arizona Messier Marathon Recap by SACnews Editor Rick Tejera

The 2009 AAMM was again a huge success. Approximately 25 Vehicles showed up on a windy Friday afternoon hoping the wind would die down for an extra evening of observing. The wind did calm after sundown and the skies turned out better than we expected given the wind that had passed through. Many of the folks there on Friday practiced looking for M74 & M77, myself included. The actual hunt the next night would be much different!

Among the folks in attendance Friday were Don Machholz & George Robinson from northern California. As most of you know, Don is considered by many to be one of the driving forces behind the Messier Marathon concept. Don actually marathoned his way down to Arizona, having stopped for the night in CA, he set up and found 109 objects. He did it again on Friday. When he sleeps is beyond me!.

With 110 objects possible the crowd started to roll in around 1500 and continued through twilight. By the time of the Twilight talk, Jimmy Ray had counted 90 vehicles. I estimated about 140 folks in attendance. For the 3rd year in a row I filled in for the Marathon Coordinator, AJ Crayon, who unfortunately is recovering from recent surgery. AJ’s doing well, but it was just too soon for him to take on a trip to the desert.

During the talk, we found out we had observers from Colfax, & Auburn CA (Don Machholz & George Robinson), Jim Shedlowsky came from Waterford, MI (Detroit Area). Dr Salvadore Aguirre from Hermosillo, Mexico came up for his 3rd visit. The furthest traveled was Greg Kettel, from Clifton Park, NY, near Albany. This in addition to the usual representation from all the major Arizona Clubs.

After the talk, those marathoning manned their telescopes to begin the hunt for the elusive M74. Unlike the previous night, when I found M74 fairly easily, the moon made the sighting challenging. The Moon also seemed to play havoc with many of the evening setters, judging by the checklists turned in. Myself, I did manage to find M74 and the evening setters and thought that it would be an easy coast to 110. I took a 2 hour nap at midnight and upon waking up, I was greeted by an eastern horizon obscured by clouds! Curse you Meteora! As it turns out, patience & perseverance paid off for those who stayed up. All 110 objects eventually poked through the clouds and around 0430 the clouds lifted off the horizon, enabling the sighting of the morning risers.

As morning dawned, 5 1/2 observers, including myself had seen all 110 objects, more about the ½ later. 5 Observers found 109 and 3 more found 108.

27 observers found 100 or more objects and a total of 42 Observers turned in checklists with 50 or more objects.

Now, how can you have ½ an observer? Well, Jimmy Ray turned in his checklist with 110 objects. He later called me to say after much thought, he really couldn’t be sure he saw M74 and he’d rather have a solid 109, than a maybe 110. Based on his honesty and the fact what he described to sure sounded like he saw it, I’m quite prepared to give him the ½ ;).

As folks left I received many compliments & thanks for a fun event. I accepted on behalf of the club, but the real thanks need to be given to those who truly earned it:

AJ Crayon, who although not there physically, was there in spirit. His tireless efforts over the years have made this the premier event of it’s kind. Having filled in for him, I realized how much work he puts into organizing this year after year. He can’t be thanked enough.

Jack Jones. Jack has for as long as I can remember fulfilled one of the most important job that ensures the marathon’s Success: He orders the porta-potties! This year he also had designed screened & printed the 2009 marathon T-Shirts, which came out really great. The shirts design honors the founders of the Messier Marathon, Including Don Machholz, who graciously autographed shirts for those who asked. Jack managed to get the shirts done in three weeks time. Great Job Jack!

Claude Haynes from EVAC: Claude offered to set up, on behalf of EVAC a hospitality tent at 2300. He had Coffee, Tea, Cocoa and lots of light snacks to help get us through the night. I’ll tell you, the Cocoa sure hit the spot. Thanks again Claude and EVAC.

Ray Farnsworth: Ray has allowed us the use of the observing field for as long as I’ve been with the club. He’s always made us feel welcome and his generosity is appreciated.

Most of all, I’d like to thank all who participated, whether you marathoned or worked on your own observing projects. Without you, it’s just an empty field.

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