Time To Pull The Plug

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Messier Roundup

It’s been a little over a year since I started observing things with my telescope, so I’m taking the time to count up the various Messier objects I’ve been able to see, and how many times I’ve tagged an Astro Log with that Messier object. This doesn’t mean I’ve only seen that object that many times - I may not have tagged it, or just didn’t bother writing something down.

From the list, I’ve found 60 total, assuming you count NGC 5866 as Messier 102. If not, then it’s 59. Not bad for the first year at this latitude. The five most tagged objects are M31 (12), M32 (11), M81 (9), M82 (8), and M57 (5). I’m more than halfway there, and I’ve been getting better and finding the more difficult objects. There are some, though, that I’m going to have to try and get at much darker skies than my house, either because they’re rather dim or because they’re so far south on the horizon (looking at you, Scorpius and Sagittarius) that I can’t get them through buildings, haze, and skyglow from here.

Messier 2  - 2  
Messier 3   - 1
Messier 4   -   1
Messier 5  - 2
Messier 6  - 1  
Messier 8   - 2  
Messier 9  - 1  
Messier 11 - 1
Messier 13  - 4  
Messier 16  - 2  
Messier 17 -  2  
Messier 18  - 1  
Messier 19 - 1  
Messier 20 - 2
Messier 21  -  2
Messier 22 - 1
Messier 26 - 1
Messier 27 -  1
Messier 28 - 1
Messier 29  - 1
Messier 31 - 12
Messier 32 - 11
Messier 33  -   2  
Messier 41 - 1  
Messier 42  -  4  
Messier 44 - 1  
Messier 45 - 1  
Messier 46 - 1  
Messier 47  - 1  
Messier 49 - 1  
Messier 50   -  1  
Messier 51 - 1  
Messier 52 - 1  
Messier 53 -  2  
Messier 54  - 2  
Messier 56 -  1  
Messier 57 - 5  
Messier 58  - 1  
Messier 60  - 1  
Messier 62 - 1  
Messier 63 - 1  
Messier 64 - 1  
Messier 67 -  1  
Messier 71 - 1
Messier 73  - 1  
Messier 8   - 2  
Messier 80  - 1  
Messier 81  - 9  
Messier 82 - 8  
Messier 84  - 1  
Messier 86 - 1  
Messier 87 - 3  
Messier 89 - 1
Messier 92 - 3  
Messier 94  -  3  
Messier 97  - 1  
Messier 102 - 1  
Messier 103 - 1  
Messier 104 - 1
Messier 106 - 1
Messier 110 - 2

Comments imported from the old site.
Hmph.

Going through and seeing which objects aren’t on this list, I’m finding quite a few that I’m pretty damn sure I’ve seen. Still, the ones I’m pretty sure I’ve seen aren’t difficult ones, so I’ll just have to add them again when they come back around. There’s a bunch of globulars & some open clusters I apparently forgot to note though.