Messier MaRATHON 2016
IF you are interested in the history of the Messier objects please click this link (opens in a new window): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Messier_objects. The SAS had cooperating sky on the evening of March 11, 2016 to get our scopes out and head to Filion Road observing site in the thumb of Michigan. Temperatures were in the low 30's during the early part of the evening with very clear skies. This site is on the edge of a wildlife migration route with many species of waterfowl flying in for the night with very loud bird calls late into the evening - an interesting experience. More than half of the telescopes left before 10:30PM because of heavy dew forming on the telescope optics that made any further observing fruitless. All observers had a great time.
The SAS Members begin the setup of their telescopes
A beautiful start to the evening with a gorgeous sunset
Time Lapse video, compiled from 1500 individual exposures with a Canon 6D and a Rokinon 14 mm f/2.8 lens