Messier Log

Documenting capturing the Messier Catalog of 110 Astronomical Objects EAA Style. Many (really most) of these I have observed or imaged before, but starting over in December 2021.

How many can I get before the end of 2022? We shall see…
As of 03/27/2022… 58 Messiers… over half way there!!!

All the objects in this log were EAA observed. The mount and cameras are remotely controlled with KStars/Ekos/INDI running on an Astroberry Raspberry Pi.

Current progress: 80 of 110 Messier Objects EAA Observed and Captured
M1, M3, M4, M5, M10, M12, M13, M14, M15, M31, M32, M33, M34, M35, M36, M37, M38, M39, M40, M41, M42, M43, M44, M45, M46, M47, M48, M49, M50, M51, M52, M53, M56, M57, M58, M59, M60, M61, M63, M64, M65, M66, M67, M68, M74, M76, M77, M78, M79, M80, M81, M82, M83, M84, M85, M86, M87, M88, M89, M90, M91, M92, M93, M94, M95, M96, M97, M98, M99, M100, M101, M102, M103, M104, M105, M106, M107, M108, M109, M110

Messier Object EAA Image Date Notes
M1, The Crab Nebula M1 - The Crab Nebula 12/26/2021 Live stack of 45 x 20 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M3, Globular Cluster M3 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 60 x 10 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M4, Globular Cluster M4 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/20/2022 05/20/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M5, Globular Cluster M5 - Globular Cluster 04/22/2022 Live stack of 61 x 10 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M10, Globular Cluster M10 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/20/2022 05/20/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M12, Globular Cluster M12 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/20/2022 05/20/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M13, Globular Cluster M13 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/17/2022 05/17/2022 The galaxy NGC 6207 is visible to the right and up from M13.

Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M14, Globular Cluster M14 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/20/2022 05/20/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M15, Globular Cluster M15 Globular Cluster 12/22/2021 Live stack of 23 x 4 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M31, The Andromeda Galaxy

M32, Dwarf Galaxy

M31 - Andromeda Galaxy - 47 x 8 Second Live Stack 12/23/2021 Live stack of 47 x 8 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M33, The Triangulum Galaxy M33 - Triangulum Galaxy- 76 x 8 Second Live Stack 12/23/2021 Live stack 76 x 8 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M34, Open Cluster M34, Messier 34 Open Cluster - 01/08/2022 01/08/2022 Live stack 30 x 30 second exposures with gain set to 350

AT66ED with SV305

M35, Open Cluster M35, Messier 35 - Open Cluster - Taken 01/08/2022 01/08/2022 Live stack 30 x 30 second exposures with gain set to 350

AT66ED with SV305

M36, Open Cluster M36, Messier 36 - Open Cluster - Taken 01/08/2022 01/08/2022 Live stack 30 x 30 second exposures with gain set to 350

AT66ED with SV305

M37, Open Cluster M37 12/22/2021 Live stack 91 x 1 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M38, Open Cluster M38, Messier 38, Open Cluster 01/11/2022 Live stack of 30 x 20 second exposures with 350 gain

AT66ED with SV305

M39, Open Cluster M39, Messier 39, Open Cluster 01/11/2022 Live stack of 30 x 20 second exposures with 350 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M40, Optical Double Star M40 - Optical Double Star - Captured on 02/05/2022 02/05/2022 Live stack of 40 x 15 second exposures with 450 gain.
Galaxy NGC 4290 top center, Galaxy NGC 4335 lower left.
AT66ED with SV305
M41, Open Cluster M41 - Open Cluster - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Live stack 28 x 10 second exposures at 400 gain. Stack was of 30 exposures, but 2 were ignored due to movement in the images (caused by wind I think).

AT66ED with SV305

M42, The Orion Nebula M42 - Orion Nebula 12/22/2021 Live stack of 160 x 1 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M43, De Mairan’s Nebula M43, Messier 43, Nebula in Orion 01/11/2022  Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures with 350 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M44, The Beehive Cluster M44 - The Beehive Cluster - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Live stack of 50 x 10 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M45, Pleiades – Open Cluster M45, Messier 45 - Open Cluster - Pleiades - Taken 01/08/2022 01/08/2022 The bright star in the center is Maia.
Live stack 30 x 30 second exposures with gain set to 350.

AT66ED with SV305

M46, Open Cluster M46 - Open Cluster - Planetary Nebula NGC 2438 - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Planetary Nebula NGC 2438

Live stack of 30 x 10 second an 15 x 20 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M47, Open Cluster M47 - Open Cluster - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M48, Open Cluster M48 - Open Cluster - Captured on 02/05/2022 02/05/2022 Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures with 350 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M49, Galaxy M49 - Galaxy - ARP134 - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 20 x 15 second exposures and 60 x 10 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M50, Open Cluster M50 - Open Cluster - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Live stack of 30 x 20 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy. Captured on 02/05/2022 02/05/2022 Live stack of 60 x 30 second exposures with 450 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M52, Open Cluster M52, Messier 52, Open Cluster 01/11/2022 Live stack of 30 x 20 second exposures with 350 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M53, Globular Cluster M53 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 60 x 10 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M56, Globular Cluster M56 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/20/2022 05/20/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M57, The Ring Nebula M57 - The Ring Nebula - EAA Capture 05/17/2022 05/17/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M58, Galaxy M58 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M59, Galaxy M59 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 60 x 10 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M60, Galaxy Messier 60, NGC 4647, and NGC 4638. EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022 NGC 4647 is the spiral galaxy just down and to the right from M60. NGC 4638 is further down and just to the left.

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M61, Galaxy M61 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 60 x 10 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M63, The Sunflower Galaxy M63, the Sunflower Galaxy. Captured on 02/05/2022 02/05/2022 Live stack of 60 x 30 second exposures with 450 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M64, The Black Eye Galaxy M64 - The Black Eye Galaxy - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M65 – Galaxy M65 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/05/2022 03/05/2022 M66 is visible in the top, just left of center, of the FOV.

Live stack of 60 x 10 second exposures at 200 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/7.2) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M66 – Galaxy M66 - Spiral Galaxy - Taken on 01/22/2022 01/22/2022 Live stack of 50 x 10 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M67 – Open Cluster M67 - Open Cluster - Taken on 01/22/2022 01/22/2022 Live stack of 60 x 5 second exposures at 450 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M68, Globular Cluster M68 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 60 x 10 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M74, The Phantom Galaxy M74 - The Phantom Galaxy - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Live stack of 50 x 15 seconds and 10 x 20 seconds at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M76, The Little Dumbbell Nebula M76 - The Little Dumbbell Nebula - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Live stack of 30 x 20 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M77, Squid Galaxy M77 and NGC 1055 - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 M77 is in the left of the FOV, NGC 1055 is to the right.

Live stack of 50 x 15 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M78, Reflection Nebula in Orion M78 - A reflection nebula in the constellation Orion.

12/26/2021

Live stack of 40 x 15 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M79, Globular Cluster M79 - Globular Cluster - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Live stack 30 x 10 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M80, Globular Cluster M80 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/20/2022 05/20/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M81, Bode’s Galaxy

M82, The Cigar Galaxy

M81 Bodie's Galaxy and M82 Cigar Galaxy 12/26/2021 Can just get both of these in the FOV of the SV305 on the AT66ED.

M81 is in the upper left, M82 is in the lower right.  Live stack of 77 x 8 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M83, Southern Pinwheel Galaxy M83 - Southern Pinwheel Galaxy - EAA Capture 05/17/2022 05/17/2022 Live stack of 60 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M84, Galaxy M84 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022 M86 and others are visible at the top of the frame.

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M85, Galaxy M85 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022 NGC 4394 is also visible up and slightly right from M85.

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M86, Galaxy M86 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022 There are a lot of interesting galaxies in this FOV. M84 is towards the bottom of the frame. NGC 4402, NGC 4425, NGC 4407, NGC 4388, and NGC 4387 are all easily resolvable.

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M87, Galaxy M87 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022 NGC 4478 and NGC 4476 are below M87.

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M88, Galaxy M88 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022 Nice detail in the spiral arms.

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M89, Galaxy M89 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022 NGC 4550 and NGC 4551 are visible in the left of the frame.

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M90, Galaxy M90 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M91, Galaxy M91 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures gain 121.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M92, Globular Cluster M92 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/20/2022 05/20/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M93 – Open Cluster M93 - Open Cluster - Taken on 01/22/2022 01/22/2022 Live stack of 50 x 6 second exposures at 300 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M94, Galaxy M94, Galaxy, EAA 02/11/2022 02/11/2022 Live stack 60 x 15 second exposures at 350 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M95, Galaxy M95, Galaxy, EAA 02/11/2022 02/11/2022 There is an interesting double star, NGC 3345, in the upper left of the FOV.

Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures at 450 gain

AT66ED with SV305

M96, Galaxy M96, Galaxy, EAA 02/11/2022 02/11/2022 Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M97, The Owl Nebula M97 - The Owl Nebula - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Planetary Nebula

Live stack of 45 x 20 second exposures.

AT66ED with SV305

M98, Galaxy M98, Galaxy, EAA 02/11/2022 02/11/2022 Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M99, Galaxy M99, Galaxy, EAA 02/11/2022 02/11/2022 Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures at 450 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M100, Galaxy M100, Galaxy, EAA 02/11/2022 02/11/2022 NGC 4312 is to the right and NGC 4328 is below M100.

Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures at 450 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M101, The Pinwheel Galaxy M101, The Pinwheel Galaxy, EAA 02/11/2022 02/11/2022 Live stack of 60 x 15 second exposures at 450 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M102, Galaxy M102 - Galaxy - EAA Capture 03/26/2022 03/26/2022 The dust lane running through the center of the disc can be resolved.

Live stack of 100 x 8 second exposures at 121 gain bin 2×2.

Celestron C6 SCT F/6.3 Focal Reducer (actual F/6.9) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera

M103, Open Cluster M103, Messier 103 - Open Cluster - Taken 01/08/2022 01/08/2022 Live stack 30 x 30 second exposures with gain set to 350

AT66ED with SV305

M104, Sombrero Galaxy M104 - Sombrero Galaxy - EAA Capture 05/17/2022 05/17/2022 Live stack of 40 x 15 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M105 – Elliptical Galaxy M105 - Galaxy - EAA Captured 01/26/2022 01/26/2022 NGC 3384 and NGC3373 are also visible in the frame, just below M105.

45 x 20 second exposures at 450 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M106, Spiral Galaxy M106, Messier 106, Galaxy, 02/09/2022 02/09/2022 Live stack 120 x 15 second exposures at 450 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M107, Globular Cluster M107 - Globular Cluster - EAA Capture 05/20/2022 05/20/2022 Live stack of 30 x 10 second exposures gain 121, bin 2×2.
SVBONY SV503 102ED with 0.8 Focal Reducer (F/5.6) with the ZWO ASI294MC Pro Camera
M108, Galaxy M108 - Galaxy - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 Live stack of 45 x 20 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M109, Galaxy M109 - Galaxy - Taken on 01/14/2022 01/14/2022 There is a another small (more distant???) galaxy in the upper right of the FOV which I have not been able to find the identity of yet.

Live stack of 60 x 20 second exposures at 400 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

M110, Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy M110, Messier 110, Galaxy 01/11/2022 Live stack of 30 x 30 second exposures with 350 gain.

AT66ED with SV305

This is for my observation planning.
30 Messier Objects left:
M2, M6, M7, M8, M9, M11, M16, M17, M18, M19, M20, M21, M22, M23, M24, M25, M26, M27, M28, M29, M30, M54, M55, M62, M69, M70, M71, M72, M73, M75

Missed Messier Opportunities
Tried M101 again on 02/09/2022. To low in the sky and some haze. I should be able to get M101 and a few more later on Friday (02/11) night. Hoping for clear skies.

Tried M65 on 01/22/2022 but it was still low in the east and some thin clouds moved in. I was able to resolve it, but the stack was really washed out due to the clouds. It will get higher in the ENE over the next few weeks/months so I’ll have another go at it soon.

Tried M101 on 01/14/2022 but it was very low in the ENE and there was a lot of light pollution. Could just get the center to resolve but not a lot of detail. Going to give it another go soon.