In the 18th century, the French astronomer Charles Messier compiled a catalogue of 110 nebulae and star clusters. These were primarily intended to help in the search for comets: to avoid confusing a newly appearing comet with a known nebula, one could refer to this handy Messier catalogue.
Since then, the Messier objects have been among the classic observing targets of every amateur astronomer. Ambitious observers even try their hand at the so-called Messier Marathon: to observe all 110 nebulae, galaxies and star clusters of the catalogue in a single night! At telescope meetings, this friendly competition becomes an all-night event.
This year, these observing nights will take place between 10 and 16 March 2021. The Unistellar eVscope is a newcomer to the race. The automatic alignment and livestacking of the revolutionary telescope make observing much easier. So even those who don’t yet know their way around the night sky like a pro can take part in the Messier Marathons with the eVscope and admire the objects in colour and contrast.
Unistellar is also offering an exclusive Messier Marathon Bundle for this event! Each order of the eVscope will include a thermos flask and warming gloves. So you are well equipped against the cold on a long night of observing. (Of course, you shouldn’t forget warm clothes either.) The gloves are also suitable for operating a touchscreen. Your smartphone or tablet is a prerequisite when controlling the modern eVscope.
You will also receive the practical Unistellar guide to the Messier Marathon as an eBook. Besides lots of interesting info, you will find helpful tips for successfully taking part or completing the marathon. The eBook is available in English, German or French.
This year, eVscope owners around the world were able to use this practical Messier catalogue to avoid confusing a newly appearing comet with a known nebula.
This year, eVscope owners all over the northern hemisphere are trying to set the record for the largest Messier Marathon in the world. You can thus share the event with like-minded people Via social media: Use the hashtag #UnistellarMarathon and register on the Unistellar website to contribute to the record attempt!
We keep our fingers crossed for beautiful clear nights!