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    Hello friends of Messier objects,

    this season, I have completed 100 Messier DSOs with my binoculars.

    There have been some Messiers with unaided eyes (naked eyes), like M31, M39, M45, and M44. Unfortunately the M42, M8, and M24 became rear to see with unaided eyes in my backyard due to the increasing light pollution.

    The increasing light pollution has forced me to take larger binoculars, and eventually to go out to the countryside. Some of the low globular clusters in Scorpius became visible in the Dolomiti Mountains (Italy).

    Regarding the Messier galaxies, last year has been great. I was able to fix the north spiral arm in M31 with as small as 15x85, and I've got the spiral arm aiming at NGC 604 in M33 first time with averted vision.

    The attached file is a copied extract from my logbook, showing the date and the binocular of the last significant observation for each Messier object.

    The achieved score reads:
    open clusters (OC), emission nebulas (EN), and reflection nebulas (RN): 35
    super nova remnats (SNR) and planetary nebulas (PN): 5
    globular clusters (GC): 27
    galaxies (Glx): 33

    Hoping to have helped anyone going for the Messier objects with binoculars,

    JG
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    Congrats on the acheivement. You are the binocular king!
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    CONGRATULATIONS! This is amazing. I tried a similar feat with my 10X50 binoculars and could only pull out 50-60 at the most. By switching to 25X100 you doubled the number you could record.

    This achievement begs a number of questions:

    How long did it take you?
    Do you now have a favorite binocular messier?
    Which was the most difficult?
    What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt something like this?
    Do you think it is possible to tag all 110? Some are difficult to see even with a light bucket.
    Now that you have finished, will you continue to carry a pair of binoculars with you when you observe? If so, which size do you think you will use most often in the future?
    What will your next observing project be?
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    Hello Rob,

    to answer your questions

    How long did it take you?
    I have been watching the skies with binos since Hale Bopp, actually without an intention to catch all Messiers. I have paid more attention to the Messiers since I am with this Forum.

    Do you now have a favorite binocular messier?
    My favourite DSOs are the emission nebulas and the galaxies, in general. The most favourite Messiers among them are those, where I can view some details with my binos. The galaxies: M31, M33, M81, M82, M106, M51, and the Leo Triplet. The emission/planetary nebulas: M76 the bipolar form with OIII, M27 the "cork" with UHC, M42 the form with UHC, M17 the upside-down swan, M8 the Lagoon with the dark band.

    Which was the most difficult?
    At my location, the difficult Messiers have been those at the Virgo, as all of them in my list have been observed from my backyard. Another difficult Messier has been M79, also low above my horizon.

    What advice would you offer to someone else who wanted to attempt something like this?
    I normally start with the DSOs close to the zenith, then I go down to those culminating. A lot of patience is required for Canis Major through Virgo. There have been some years with low yield in those constellations.

    Do you think it is possible to tag all 110? Some are difficult to see even with a light bucket.
    I'd say it is possible with 25x100. I'll try it anyway - it means I'll go to the countryside to have better view at those low above the horizon. But it may take some time. You can easily achieve 80% of your target, but the 100% are difficult.

    Now that you have finished, will you continue to carry a pair of binoculars with you when you observe? If so, which size do you think you will use most often in the future?
    I love the binocular astronomy above all. I will defintely keep the 15x85 and 25x100.

    What will your next observing project be?
    My current projects are the non-listed DSOs, the Sharpless nebulas, dark nebulas, the planetary nebulas, - all with the binos.

    I appreciate much your congrats and questions,

    JG
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    Thanks for telling us about your project and good luck with your next project.
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    A lot of patience for Canis Major, eh?
    One might say you have Sirius skills.
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    Congrats!!! Awesome feat. I am trying to do the same with my small Dob. Just started this week and have 10 down. Your accomplishment has inspired me and assured me it can be done. Thanks!!
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    Congratulations JG; that's quite an accomplishment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    Congratulations JG; that's quite an accomplishment.

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    Hello Widespread,

    the Canis Major DSOs have been tough a bit, due to the light pollution.

    Thanks,

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