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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


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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Willmann-Bell; 1st edition (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943396549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943396545
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "dhyl" on April 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Using this book for over two years, I've found all the Messiers and learnt a whole lot from this book. The book starts off with briefly introducing the pre-requisites to stargazing, and the geometric estimation method for locating the deep-sky using a Telrad. The book also tells the story of Charles Messier, and the origins of the Messier Marathon. He then takes the reader on a tour of all the Messier objects. Since this book has its focus on the Messier Marathon, the sequence of the objects is based on his observing sequence during the Marathon. However, as Harvard points out, this book does not necessarily have to be used during a Marathon and can be used any time to locate any of the Messier objects. The finder charts proved to be extremely useful, and I found this book becoming the book I refer to the most. The advantage is, I don't have to flip through other star maps looking for the Messier objects I'd like to observe. Its all included in this book. Therefore, I used this book more than my star atlas while observing the Messier objects. There is a little bit of inaccuracy with some of the charts. For example, in the chart for finding M75, I found I had to extend a little further than the distance from the mouth of the teapot to the lower corner of its handle away from tau Sag. to get to M75. Perhaps it was my problem of not using a powered finder (only the Telrad), but I had to try 5 times before I was compelled to move my scope little further east and north when the dim glow of M75 slid into view. This situation is actually clearly demonstrated in any star atlas, M75 is definitely a little further than the estimate.(I did very careful measurements on a printout of a few star chart program and Harvard's estimation method got to 0.Read more ›
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "pibbsdog" on December 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
this book is written with one purpose in mind-to get the reader(observer)through the Messier objects utilizing various, and well explained, star hopping techniques combined with in-scale drawings of the objects within their given constellations. It also has some very useful techniques for ligning up a telrad type instrument, calibrating the finder and eyepiece, as well as providing an observer's log for the objects and the Messier catalog. Great book and more than worth the money. Being an "advanced beginner" I have found its techniques easy to follow leading to some incredibly successful observations of these beautiful objects. I only wish it included the Caldwell Catalog, but that may have diluted its very narrow and detailed focus on the Messier objects. Highly recommended!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David W. Chapel on July 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is exceptional for the beginning backyard astronomer. I found 25 objects in one weekend alone using this book. I'm up to 95 objects total with no doubt in my mind that the book will allow me to find the remaining 15 objects. In dark skies, the Telrad finder charts work extremely well. Over a dozen times I have literally been able to line up the Telrad finder per the book's illustrations and look into the eyepiece and see the desired target. In light polluted areas, where I do most of my observing and where the Telrad is not quite as useful, the star charts in the book provide just the right detail to find the target by either star hopping with a conventional finder or moving along lines of constant declination or ascension relative to a known star. Well worth the low $20 price tag.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I spent about 2 hours looking at a borrowed copy of this book at the Table Mountain Star Party and I am ordering it today. The book gives a great overview of Messier and all the Messier objects, but the best part for me were the extremely user friendly charts (especially good if you observe using a Telrad finder), and the excellent PENCIL drawings which really show (better than photographs) what a particular object looks like through a small amateur telescope. I am about half way through my random search for Messier - this is the book I will use to complete my search!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By George J. Pattison on August 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
After trying run my first Messier marathon with charts that I had prepared myself, I wish I had had this book with me that night. I would have seen alot more. Using this book, I have able to locate many objects that I had not been able to find before with certainty.
This book is excellent resource that I now take along with my telescope to every star party. The charts and object sketches are well oriented to the practicing amateur astronomer. Also covered are telescope calibration, observing techniques, and site selection. The only drawback to this book that I have found so far has been that it is not printed on waterproof paper. So, I had to order another copy to cut up and laminate.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
After purchasing this book I found 7 new Messiers the very first night I used it. The telrad finder charts and the size of the book make this book a natural to use at the telescope. The geometric method used to find Messier objects can be used in the city or at a dark sky site. A must for any observer working on their Messier list. A bargain for the price.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
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Before I have this book, Messier Objects were really hard to find, espescially from my backyard where even the constellation patterns are hard to recognize. But using the method described in this book finding Messier Objects are really easy, even from my backyard! Just point my Telrad to the reference stars, and there it is. The method is the easiest method to locate deep sky objects. So if you want to observe all the Messier Objects, you must have this book. Excellent book.
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