This Messier madness for me all
started last October when Dennis
Steele, a telescope maker
of some years back (from Chabot fame) and coworker at Scope City
said, “Here Ken, this will get you started,”
referring to Harvard Pennington’s Messier Marathon Field Guide.
Well, on my all-nighter flights back from the Islands,
I’d try to make something out of it. My view usually was
spanning northeastern to southeastern sky from usually 35,000 feet at
latitude 22.7, longitude 154.3 heading usually 047 true and about 1500
UT with horizon to around 25 degrees.
Having now retired from United Airlines and realizing what an
opportunity I had then I'm astounded.
If you do a
Google search for Messier Marathon you get about 45,900
pages of`results. My
clicks led me to the Linda Hall Library and the Out of this World
exhibit. This exhibition Out of This World: The Golden Age of the
Celestial Atlas ran originally from November 1, 1995 through February