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    Hi everyone,

    If you are looking for a way to keep track of your Messier object viewing, I have found TUMOL useful (I am sure it has been posted before, but maybe not for binocular users):

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    It allows you to list viewing conditions, equipment, etc. for each object, and also gives a relative binocular difficulty for 7x50s and 11x80s. It even has a place for you to make a sketch of what you are seeing (although on a separate page). (This would be a straightforward way to achieve our forums' 'Messier 30' award...) You can either use the program on your computer, or download the .pdf and print off the pages (which is what I prefer). The finder charts aren't very good though, so you probably need an atlas or Messier book for finding. I have been looking for a good Messier object book for completeness with finder charts for quite some time, and just haven't picked one up yet. Three that I am considering are:

    1. The Observing Guide to the Messier Marathon: A Handbook and Atlas by Machholz

    2. The Year Round Messier Marathon Field Guide by Pennington

    And for those familiar with German:

    3. Die Messier-Objekte by Koch.

    I am leaning to #3 as it seems to be the most recent, is in color, and has just the right amount of description. Each object is given at least one full page. Of course, there are others like O'Meara and the atlas by Stoyan, but I want more of a book that doesn't get into too much 'fluff' and is not a coffee table book that can be used directly in the field.

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    The Sky & Telescope Pocket Atlas can help with hunting down Messier's. Lots of other targets as well. For $20 USD plus shipping, it's a bargain. I never go observing without it.

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    I use a program Atroplanner for logging and compiling lists. It has an evaluation list that covers Messier and I think the NGC catalogue
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    Thanks MG1962. I have the pocket sky atlas - yes, it is great. I am starting to consider O'Meara's Messier book again. He uses a 4" refractor for all the targets, and gives 'nice' (or over-exuberent) sketches. That combo seems pretty good for a binocular user.

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