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    Lightbulb Easy Sky Messier Objects



    Hi guys,
    I am compiling easy Messier objects for everyone.

    I have a short list here:

    Easy Messier Objects:

    2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 52, 55, 67, 92, 93, 103.



    Please let me know how easy these guys are, if any have seen these and what we should add / take away from this list.


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    I found this web site last year. It has all the Messier objects for a Mesier marathon in the order they should be observed. It also notes difficulty. Here is a link:

    http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/up...nChecklist.pdf

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    Easiest:
    M6,M7,M8,M20,M31,M34,M41,M42,M43,M44,M45
    the above object is the most easy to find, when holding stagazing activities, i will show them to participants first.
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    I also find m81 and m82 easy.
    Easiest galaxies to see, after m31 IMHO

    m27 (dumbell) and m57 (ring) are also very easy star-hops.
    M43 is just above m42, so that's another easy one - and m40 (the double star near Megrez is also easy IMHO)

    Surprisingly to some people, I also find m51 to be quite easy - by that I don't mean it's bright, or that I can see much detail with a small scope - what I mean is that I can 'plonk' straight onto it within seconds, and at least detect it, with only 70mm binocs, from a moderately light-polluted site.

    I think most of the other easy ones have been covered already - oh, except some of the galaxies in the Virgo cluster - a few of those aren't too difficult to see - however, identifying exactly which ones you have seen, against a chart, can be a bit of a challenge for beginners.
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    Can we get a Hardest to find list

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    Hello Gus,

    the easy sky Messiers are basically all Messiers that have been listed as objects for unaided eyes. These are about 41 objects, see below in:

    DSOs with naked eyes

    Historically, these are mostly the discoveries prior to those made by Messier's assistent Mechain.

    As those easy and relaxing, I'd recommend:
    SGR: M22, M7, M6, M24, M25
    SCO: M4
    OPH: M10, M12
    SCU: M11
    VUL: M27
    CYG: M39 (M29 is easy, but simply boring to view at)
    PER: M34
    AUR: M36, M37, M38
    GEM: M35
    ORI: M42
    CMA: M41
    MON: M46 an M47
    CNC: M44
    TAU: M45
    AND: M31
    PEG: M15
    HER: M13, M92
    CVN: M3, and M94, M63, M106 as the best harvest of the binocular galaxies
    CBR: M53, M64
    VIR: M104, other galaxies in Virgo may be too faint to start with, or difficult to fix the first time
    UMA: M81, M82

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    I've seen the M7 for the first time today... woooo so amazing... All the information came from this thread, thank you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_D View Post
    Can we get a Hardest to find list
    Hi John. The most difficult is very subjective depending on your local conditions, equipment and experience. For many, some of the most difficult Messiers seem to be some of the larger, face-on spiral galaxies, such as: M74 in Pisces, M33 in Triangulum, and M101 in Ursa Major because of their low surface brightness. Additionally, the planetary M97 (Owl) in Ursa Major, supernova remnant M1 in Taurus, and asterism M73 seem to give some problems.
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    Definitely depends on your conditions, but the easiest for me are the ones that I can star hop to easiest, as I don't have goto or setting circles or anything. That seems like the best criteria, otherwise it's just the apparent magnitude.

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    I mainly use binoculars, so the ease is helped by the local "clues". If you have M8 then 20/21 are just above. The Cheshire Cat starts you at M38 for the right cheek and then drop down to 36/37. I find M11 at the end of what looks to me like the Nike Swoosh. M35 sits just above Castor's foot. I look for M2 to form a right triangle with Sadal Melik and Sadal Suud. When I look at the area, M2 sits at the end of a capital L that is lying on its side.

    I'd be interested in reading others clues. Thanks for the thread.
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