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My Messier Marathon, 


            Scott Davis

My Messier Marathon


When I first started doing astrophotography in early 2012, it was my goal to photograph every object in the Messier catalogue. It took me some time to start as I worked on both my capture and processing skills.

My very first object, M45, was captured on January 3, 2013. Over the next 3 ½ years, I took 34 trips totaling 4,634.7 miles to capture the entire collection. Some of the data was captured from my own backyard, but the vast majority was taken at one of several dark-sky sites.

A total of 5,698 light frame shutter clicks comprise this data, which totals 211 hours, 19 minutes, and 50 seconds of total light frame time. Of course, this figure does not include the large numbers of dark, flat, and bias frames necessary to calibrate and stack these images.

This image is actually a 24x36-inch poster (where each object is a 2x2-inch square) that I will be getting printed, framed, and hung in my house. I eventually plan to go back to some of these objects and gather better data now that I have better gear, but this poster will always represent 3 ½ years of hard work capturing and processing my first images of the Messier catalogue.

My next step will involve re-processing some of the older data (as my processing skills improved over the years) so that I have the best-possible renditions of the old data.



Scott Davis
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons


My Messier Marathon, 


            Scott Davis