There's definitely plenty of garden status to update, not to mention my new garden at the school house as Ronnie Davis would call it. But, tonight I started my messier's marathon.
For our first anniversary, lauren got me a nice telescope. We went down to Kara's house on Dewee's Island and she had these huge presents in the back seat. I couldn't fit the cooler in the car to take it to the beach because of the gifts, but I knew she was trying to be sweet so I figured I could handle warm beers on the beach. Anyway, the night we got down there she wanted me to open my presents. She got me a nice scope and a bunch of eyepieces. I got her a pearl necklace but she already had one so she took it back to the store when we got home and got some nice earrings.
So I was thinking about the telescope at the schiele the next weekend and I thought I could try to see all of the messier's objects. I thought it was a pretty original idea until I started looking for a list and found books called the "Messier Marathon" and variations on that. Well, I haven't read any of those books but i have checked on wikipedia and I know that M1 is the crab nebula in taurus. Theres a pretty good story about ancient civilizations seeing a star go supernova and it later being linked to this nebula. I went out on the back porch and unpacked the scope and prepared to start my marathon. It wasn't the clearest of nights ever and I had been at a baby shower and checking out Kurt's new house in unsober conditions, but I thought it was a good night to start this thing. There was a 3rd quarter moon low on the horizon and Jupiter was still behind the trees to my east. Aldebran, the bull's red eye, was above the trees. I read tonight that M1 was in Taurus so I thought I had a shot.
I don't really know how to work my scope and I had no real idea where or if I could find M1 from my back porch. How did Messiers find this thing first. How was the pleiades 45th? I checked the internet and found out that M1 was between one of Taurus's horns and betelgeuse. It might be above the trees now, but when I was looking it was too low for me to see. So I started my Messier's marathon with M45- the pleiades. I'm not sure if you are supposed to go in order or finish in a certain amount of time. I tried to start with 1 but it wasn't up yet. I needed some success tonight so I tuned into the 7 sisters. I even woke Lauren up to share the start of my journey. She looked through the eyepiece and said " I see a lot of stars." It was magical. She immediately went back to bed and I thought I'd catalogue the nights events. By the way I just went out back to pee over the porch and betelgeuse has made it above the trees. I could break the scope back out and try to see M1 now but this is a messier's marathon, not a sprint.