- Hardcover: 196 pages
- Publisher: Willmann-Bell (10 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0943396549
- ISBN-13: 978-0943396545
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19.7 x 28.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,654,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Year-Round Messier Marathon Field Guide: With Complete Maps, Charts and Tips to Guide You to Enjoying the Most Famous List of Deep-Sky Objects Hardcover – 10 May 2008
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If you want to try to see all the Messier objcts in one night this book is essential. If like me you are happy to spread things out over many years of observing then this book will give enjoyment time and time again.
Probably worth taking copies of the pages you are interested in on a particular night as the paper pages can get damp in the field.
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But the book says, on the contrary, experts outgrew Messier catalog and not so interested in anymore.
Actually, the author says Messier marathon is good for beginners
to obtain breakthrough experience, skill and confidence with deep space object.
I have not finished the book yet, but I got to realize how important the selection of finderscope (or red dot sight) is.
And the book emphasize the geometrical method compared to wide-spread star-hopping method.
Because of cloudy weather in a row, I have not a chance to try in practice,
but it gives me confidence that I can see most of the Messier object within short frame of time.
Maybe days or months, not years.
Other than naked eye objects such as Andromeda Galaxy, Orion Nebula, and Pleiades, I simply could not find anything else despite investing in Turn Left at Orion, Deep Sky Map 600, S&T Pocket Sky Atlas, and several other star charts and guides downloaded from internet.
Upon advice received from fellow stargazers at Astronomy Forum, I decided to give Year Round Messier a try. What a difference, especially when I replaced my 9 x 50 viewfinder with a Telrad! Extremely useful were the Telrad circles on the charts, as well as the pencil sketches of what the object was supposed to look like through the eyepiece. I find them much more useful in making sure that I have located what I am looking for, than the color renderings of objects captured by time-elapsed astrophotography,
At the last San Francisco star party with a quarter moon shining, I located M81/M82 on my first try, impressing my fellow amateur astronomers. The next week I took the scope out to Point Reyes, and started with M81/M82, because I wanted to make sure that finding them the first time was not just a fluke, then located the Big Dipper objects M97, M101, M108, and M109. A few days later last week at Point Reyes, I located started by locating all previous objects, then went to locate Leo objects M95 and M96, and the triplet M65/M66/NGC 3628, as well as stumbling across a couple other nearby galaxies just above the triplet that I haven't identified.
To use the Year Round Guide as a field tool, I took it to a copy shop to have the binding sliced off then put the most important pages into three hole plastic slipcovers and placed in in a three ring binder so that the pages lie flat and are protected from dew.
Buy it while it's still available - highly recommended