MAS Fall Messier Marathon @ Cherry Grove
Sept 14th-15th, 2007

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Fri Sept 14th, 2007

MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Warming house glow
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Big dipper & Scope
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Sign-in sheet and prizes
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Summer Triange
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Big Dipper
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Checking Charts
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Bill Kocken @ MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Bill Kocken @ MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Bill Kocken @ MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
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MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Auriga/Mars Rising
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Auriga/Mars Rising
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Auriga/Mars Rising
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
Cassiopeia & Andromeda
MAS Fall Mini-Messier Marathon
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CG Results:

Most important. We had an excellent turnout and superb skies. Not a cloud in the sky, very good transparency and above average seeing. The wind died down and the temp dropped to about 30 degrees by the time I left. It was a great night for amateur astronomy. Everyone had a good time! Laughing

First, is the important competition of which site had the most participants. We had 17 people sign in at CG, but I think we had several more who never signed in. They arrived late and I didn't get a chance to solicit their names.

The most-observed competition was a war of attrition as one by one, astronomers fell prey to frost. The winner was my brother Dave who stayed late enough to observe 51 objects. The final push ended at about 3:15 AM as he knocked off some easy winter objects, M34, 35,36, 37,38, 42,43,76,78.

The ever-popular Messier Bingo was.... not so popular. Embarassed, I only had 2 cards turned in. Mine and Steve Emert's. Neither of us had a complete card, Crying or Very sad so I'm going to declare the M-bingo at CG a bust. Instead, I'm going to award the M-Bingo prize to the 2nd place in the most-observed category.

So the Prize winners are:

The LLCC 4M had just 4 particpants. They had great skies but heavy frost. Jim Tabot wins the most objects observed, with 25 objects. He gets a $25 gift card. There were no contestants in the not-so-ever-popular Messier Bingo. The door prize winner was Bob Abramson (sp?). He selected the Creamic Coffee mug.

FYI, the SP at LLCC for tonight is ON, but it will not be a 4M event.

If anyone else has a review of the night, or comments post it here. If you have ideas on how to improve next year's events let us know.

Thanks for a great night

Bill


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