Messier Marathon List

British Columbia, Canada, Messier Marathon List

 by Al Whitman

The standard lists for Messier Marathons were developed for use at latitude 32 in southern Arizona. At those latitudes M79 and the three open clusters in Puppis set MUCH later than they do in B.C. On the otherhand, Arizonans worry about getting in M76 and the two Cassiopea objects before they set, but those objects are circumpolar up here, so no worries. Here is my order, which is a little different from the standard order developed for use in Arizona. My order was developed for use in BC. My best score with this Messier Marathon order was 105, but that was at latitude 49, not at latitude 54.

Messier # Object Type Notes
M 77 Galaxy (look for the galaxy’s nucleus in twilight — practise this one beforehand)
M 74 Galaxy (toughest evening object — practise this one beforehand)
M 79 Globular Cluster
M 45 Open Cluster (naked-eye)
M 31 Galaxy
M 32 Galaxy
M 110 Galaxy
M 33 Galaxy
M 42 Emission Nebula
M 43 Reflection Nebula
M 78 Reflection Nebula
M 76 Planetary Nebula
M 103 Open Cluster
M 1 Super Nova Remnant
M 52 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 34 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 35 Open Cluster (use naked-eye or binocs)
M 37 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 36 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 38 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 41 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 93 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 47 Open Cluster (use binocs or naked-eye)
M 46 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 50 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 48 Open Cluster (use binocs or naked-eye)
M 44 Open Cluster (use naked-eye)
M 67 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 3 Globular Cluster (use binocs)
M 95 Galaxy
M 96 Galaxy
M 105 Galaxy
M 65 Galaxy
M 66 Galaxy
M 81 Galaxy
M 82 Galaxy
M 97 Planetary Nebula
M 108 Galaxy
M 40 Double Star
M 109 Galaxy
M 106 Galaxy
M 94 Galaxy
M 63 Galaxy
M 51 Galaxy
M 101 Galaxy
M 102 Galaxy
M 104 Galaxy
M 68 Globular Cluster
M 83 Galaxy (wait until this is due south)
M 53 Globular Cluster
M 64 Galaxy
M 98 Galaxy
M 99 Galaxy
M 100 Galaxy
M 85 Galaxy
M 84 Galaxy
M 86 Galaxy
M 87 Galaxy
M 89 Galaxy
M 90 Galaxy
M 91 Galaxy
M 88 Galaxy
M 60 Galaxy
M 59 Galaxy
M 58 Galaxy
M 49 Galaxy
M 61 Galaxy (end of the Virgo Clutter — take your first break)
M 13 Globular Cluster (naked-eye)
M 92 Globular Cluster
M 57 Planetary Nebula
M 56 Globular Cluster
M 29 Open Cluster
M 5 Globular Cluster
M 39 Open Cluster
M 27 Planetary Nebula
M 71 Globular Cluster (If you are on time, you should now have worked over to the eastern horizon — take a snooze while waiting for more Messiers to rise.)
M 107 Globular Cluster
M 12 Globular Cluster
M 10 Globular Cluster
M 14 Globular Cluster
M 9 Globular Cluster
M 80 Globular Cluster
M 19 Globular Cluster
M 62 Globular Cluster (this may have to be later in the list from Prince George)
M 11 Open Cluster
M 26 Open Cluster
M 4 Globular Cluster (use binocs)
M 16 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 17 Emission Nebula (use binocs)
M 18 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 24 Spiral Galaxy (nake-eye)
M 25 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 23 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 28 Globular Cluster
M 22 Globular Cluster (use binocs)
M 6 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 7 Open Cluster (use binocs or naked-eye)
M 8 Emission Nebula (use naked-eye)
M 20 Emission Nebula (use binocs)
M 21 Open Cluster (use binocs)
M 15 Globular Cluster
M 2 Globular Cluster

None of the following will be visible from Prince George this early in the year [March], but this is the proper observing order from BC. Note that this order is quite different from what works in Arizona.

M 72 Globular Cluster
M 73 Open Cluster
M 75 Globular Cluster
M 54 Globular Cluster
M 69 Globular Cluster
M 70 Globular Cluster
M 55 Globular Cluster
M 30 Globular Cluster invisible from Canada during Messier Marathon season.

Good luck,
Alan Whitman