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The Messier Challenge

I observed my final 2 Messier objects in the early hours of the 24th of April 2004. The plan was to go hunt for Comet Bradfield, but I noticed that M6's and M7's positions were about as ideal as they would get from my 51 latitude. M6 was fairly easy to find but M7 was hardly 4 degrees above the horizon. Still I managed to locate it after consulting my SkyAtlas 2000.0 as a smudge about half a degree above the treetops in the distance. This concluded my hunt which had started in 1994 with a cheap 10x50 binocular.

The full list concerning my exploration of the Messier list is in the table below. Each object is listed with the date of the first observation, sometimes very rough estmates, and the instrument used. The error margins on several of the dates are due to the fact I wasn't keeping a very accurate log until quite recent. Most of those objects have been observed again.


M NGC Name Type Constellation Date Instrument Location
1 1952 Crab Nebula gn Tau <08/1999 20cm f/5.6 Dobson Hove, Belgium
2 7089 gc Aqr 4/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
3 5272 gc CVn 5/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
4 6121 gc Sco 18/08/1998 10cm f/10 Vixen Achromat Buurse, The Netherlands
5 5904 gc Ser 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
6 6405 Butterfly Cluster oc Sco 24/04/2004 Orion Vista 10x50 Boechout, Belgium
7 6475 oc Sco 24/04/2004 Orion Vista 10x50 Boechout, Belgium
8 6523 Lagoon Nebula gn Sgr 7/08/1999 114mm f/7,8 Newton Gyomaendrod, Hungary
9 6333 gc Oph 17/05/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
10 6254 gc Oph 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
11 6705 Wild Duck oc Sct 5/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
12 6218 gc Oph 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
13 6205 Hercules Cluster gc Her <1996 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
14 6405 gc Oph 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
15 7078 gc Peg <1996 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
16 6611 Eagle Nebula oc+gn Ser 7/08/1999 114mm f/7,8 Newton Gyomaendrod, Hungary
17 6618 Omega Nebula gn Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
18 6613 oc Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
19 6273 gc Oph 17/05/2005 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
20 6514 Trifid Nebula gn Sgr 7/08/1999 114mm f/7,8 Newton Gyomaendrod, Hungary
21 6531 oc Sgr 7/08/1999 114mm f/7,8 Newton Gyomaendrod, Hungary
22 6656 gc Sgr 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
23 6494 oc Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
24 6603 sc Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
25 4725 oc Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
26 6694 oc Sct 5/08/1997 14mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
27 6853 Dumbbell Nebula pn Vul 4/08/1997 14mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
28 6626 gc Sgr 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
29 6913 oc Cyg aug/1995 Greenkat 10X50 Daverdisse, Belgium
30 7099 gc Cap 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
31 224 Andromeda Galaxy sg And <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
32 221 eg And aug/1996 20cm f/6 Dobson Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
33 598 Pinwheel Galaxy sg Tri aug/1996 20cm f/6 Dobson Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
34 1039 oc Per <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
35 2168 oc Gem <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
36 1960 oc Aur <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
37 2099 oc Aur <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
38 1912 oc Aur <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
39 7092 oc Cyg aug/1995 Greenkat 10X50 Daverdisse, Belgium
40 Winnecke 4 s2 UMa 15/05/2000 114mm f/7,8 Newton Boechout, Belgium
41 2287 oc CMa feb/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
42 1976 Great Orion Nebula gn Ori <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
43 1982 Small Orion Nebula gn Ori aug/1996 20cm f/6 Dobson Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
44 2632 Praesepe oc Cnc <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
45 Pleiades oc Tau <08/1994 Naked eye Boechout, Belgium
46 2437 oc Pup apr/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
47 2422 oc Pup apr/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
48 2548 oc Hya feb/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
49 4472 eg Vir 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
50 2323 oc Mon feb/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
51 5194 Whirlpool Galaxy sg CVn 5/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
52 7654 oc Cas 4/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
53 5024 gc Com apr/1997 20cm f/5.6 Dobson Hove, Belgium
54 6715 gc Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
55 6809 gc Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
56 6779 gc Lyr 4/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
57 6720 Ring Nebula pn Lyr 5/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
58 4579 bg Vir 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
59 4621 eg Vir 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
60 4649 eg Vir 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
61 4303 sg Vir 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
62 6266 gc Oph 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
63 5055 Sunflower Nebula sg CVn 5/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
64 4826 Black Eye Galaxy sg Com 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
65 3623 Leo Triplet sg Leo apr/1997 20cm f/5.6 Dobson Hove, Belgium
66 3627 Leo Triplet sg Leo apr/1997 20cm f/5.6 Dobson Hove, Belgium
67 2682 oc Cnc apr/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
68 4590 gc Hya 17/05/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
69 6637 gc Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
70 6681 gc Sgr 13/08/2002 Meade LXD55 8" Bergeijck, The Netherlands
71 6838 gc Sge 5/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
72 6981 gc Aqr 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
73 6994 s4 Aqr 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
74 628 sg Psc 18/08/1998 20cm f/6 Dobson Buurse, The Netherlands
75 6864 gc Sgr 7/05/2002 11X80 Bergeijck, The Netherlands
76 650 Little Dumbell pn Per 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
77 1068 sg Cet 18/08/1998 20cm f/6 Dobson Buurse, The Netherlands
78 2068 gn Ori 1/11/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
79 1094 gc Lup <08/1994 Greenkat 10X50 Boechout, Belgium
80 6093 gc Sco 18/07/1998 10cm f/10 Vixen Achromat Hove, Belgium
81 3031 Bode's Galaxy sg UMa apr/1997 20cm f/5.6 Dobson Hove, Belgium
82 3034 Cigar Galaxy ig UMa apr/1997 20cm f/5.6 Dobson Hove, Belgium
83 5236 sg Hya 17/05/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
84 4374 eg Vir 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
85 4382 eg Com 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
86 4406 eg Vir 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
87 4486 eg Vir 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
88 4501 sg Com 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
89 4552 eg Vir 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
90 4569 sg Vir 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
91 4548 bg Com 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
92 6341 gc Her aug/1996 20cm f/6 Dobson Dwingeloo, The Netherlands
93 2447 oc Pup apr/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
94 4736 sg CVn 5/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
95 3351 bg Leo feb/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
96 3368 sg Leo feb/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
97 3587 Owl Nebula pn UMa 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
98 4192 sg Com 7/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
99 4254 sg Com 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
100 4321 sg Com 17/05/2002 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
101 5457 sg UMa 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
102 5866 alternative M102 eg Dra 2/06/2000 114mm f/7,8 Newton Boechout, Belgium
103 581 oc Cas 4/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
104 4594 Sombrero Galaxy sg Vir 5/05/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
105 3379 eg Leo feb/2000 25cm f/4 Newton Hove, Belgium
106 4258 sg CVn 5/08/1997 114mm f/7,8 Newton Winterswijk, The Netherlands
107 6171 gc Oph 17/05/2002 Celestron C11 Hove, Belgium
108 3556 sg UMa 8/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
109 3992 bg UMa 6/08/1997 20cm f/6 Dobson Winterswijk, The Netherlands
110 205 eg And aug/1996 20cm f/6 Dobson Dwingeloo, The Netherlands

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