2010 All Arizona Messier Marathon Results

Site: Farnsworth Ranch, south of Arizona City, Arizona

Date: March 13-14, 2010

 

Num
Name
Scope
Organizitation
Missed or Comments

109

Micah Abel

10" Dob

 

M30

109

Salvador Aguirre

10" Dob

(1)

M30

109

Lynn Blackburn

120mm Ref

SAC

M30

109

Steve Dodder

20" Dob

SAC

M30

109

Claude Haynes

10" Dob

EVAC

M30

109

Jack Jones

20" Dob

SAC

M30

109

Greg Kettell

111mm Ref

(2)

M30

109

Sid Leach

14½" Dob

 

M30

109

Paul Lind

14½" Dob

SAC

M30

109

Joan McGue

8" Dob

SAC

M30

109

Jimmy Ray

11" SCT

SAC

M30

109

George Robinson

10" Dob

(3, 4)

M30

109

Ken Sikes

16" Dob

SAC

M30

109

Scott Tannehill

10" Dob

EVAC

M30

109

Rick Tejera

60mm ETX

SAC

M30

109

Wayne Thomas

11" SCT

EVAC/SAC

M30

109

Ray Vorbeck

8" SCT

SAC

M30

108

Howard Anderson

10" SCT

EVAC/SAC

M30 M74

108

Cal Drake

10" Dob

(5)

M30 M74

108

Dean Oertle

10" Dob

(6)

M30 M72

108

Rick Rotramel

10" Newt

SAC

M30 M72

108

David Trogan

8" SCT

EVAC

M30 M72

107

Ray Heinle

12" SCT

EVAC

M30 M72 M73

107

Jon Koester

10" SCT

EVAC

M30 M72 M73

107

Bruce Monte

8" SCT

EVAC

M30 M72 M9

103

Aaron Prillama

8" Dob

SAC

M30 M72 M73 M2 M15 M75 M55

103

Scott Saari

8" Dob

SAC

M30 M72 M73 M2 M15 M75 M55

100

Derek Youngson

6" SCT

EVAC

M30 M72 M73 M2 M75 M54 M69 M103 M52 M74

98

David Kroeppler

90mm Mak

(7)

 

98

Scott Kroeppler

90mm Mak

(7)

 

84

David Hatch

13" Dob

EVAC

 

70

Neville Cole

12" SCT

SAC

 

65

Daniel Butters

10" Dob

EVAC

 

65

Michelle Butters

10" Dob

EVAC

 

65

Melvin Harrison

10" SCT

EVAC

 

63

Christopher Vedeler

100mm Ref

 

 

62

John Krawczak

8" SCT

(8)

 

55

Ken Reeves

3" Dob (9)

SAC

 

1 - Hermosillo, Mexico. Astronomical League- Member at Large /LIADA.
2 - Clifton Park, New York
3 - Auburn, CA; Astronomical League - Member at Large
4 - By memory, no chart, no Push To, no GOTO!
5 - Seattle, WA
6 - Truckee, CA; Astronomical League - Member at Large
7 - Astronomical League - Member at Large
8 - Minnetonka, MN; MN Astronomical Society
9 - Yes it was a 3" f4! I looked through it myself, not bad for a $30.00 telescope.

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2010 All-Arizona Messier Marathon Recap by AJ Crayon

This years marathon was as successful as any in the past. I estimated there were about 50 vehicles and 75 folks at the site. At last count 38 had turned in their lists for awards.

From the final tally note there were more first place members than in years past. Total of 17 first, five second and three third place finishers. As expected, M30 was the problem, yet M74 and M72 also created challenges for observers.

The participant count was rather high, much due to the clear skies after months of badly needed precipitation throughout the state. It also helped to keep the dust down on the Sonoran Desert. Our thanks to Ray Farnsworth for permitting us to use the land and his standard excellent job of grading the dirt road for us.

There were many folks in attendance, here is a selection of a few. Around midnight Jennifer Polakis came over with Donna Courtney, Robert Burnham Jr's niece. She came to see what it was that fascinated her uncle and what fascinated us about his unique work on astronomy. Grand Canyon Star Party organizers Jim O'Conner for the South Rim and Steve Dodder for the North Rim and, finally, David Douglass, president of East Valley Astronomy Club.

Many others from outside of Arizona were there, beginning with George Robinson, who does the Messier Marathon by memory. He calls it the MMM. From Seattle, WA Cal Drake; Truckee, CA Dean Oertle and Minnetonka, MN John Krawczak. Finally from Clifton Park, NY we found Greg Kettell who perhaps traveled the fartherest.

For our international visitors there was the always welcome Dr. Salvador Aguirre from Hermosillo, Mexico and another participant from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The most notable non-marathon event was a vehicle driving around in the desert near the observing site. It had no lights and seemed to drive around for about an hour or so, then disappeared into the night.

Several family units were observing together and, amongst them, were father/daughter, grandfather/grandson/granddaughter and father/son. I may have missed on or two here.

Rick Tejea took care of the T-shirt sales. At almost the last minute he got a setup from John Snider of Snider Graphics. The sales went as fast as hot cakes.

While I personally didn't do the marathon, it was great being there and seeing and speaking with so many folks. There is an observation or two worth mentioning and has to do with smaller telescopes. Turns out Rick Tejera had the smallest scope, his 60mm ETX with the dependable GoTo. He found 109 objects. Next was Ken Reeve's 3" f4 Dobsonian. He star hopped with this one using his 20" Dobsonian - stopped down to 8". We looked at M1 and M45 in the little one. Not bad images for a $30.00 telescope. Although Ken did 55 objects, it was on purpose as he called it his half-marathon. Yup, Rick's ETX also has very nice images.

Finally, I can't overlook my thanks to Rick Tejera for his assistance. Thanks Rick!

AJ Crayon
Saguaro Astronomy Club

 

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