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Run a double star marathon

Messier and non-Messier marathons run? Next, capture these 109 great binaries in one night.
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Attention, double star observers. Are you tired of sitting on the sidelines while your faint-fuzzy-seeking contemporaries participate in a Messier marathon? It’s no fun being benched while these cluster-clutching, nebula-nabbing, galaxy-grabbing gluttons enjoy their deep-sky holiday. Take heart, my binary-bagging buddies. We now have a celestial marathon of our own!

But first, let me backtrack a bit. The Messier marathon is a noble activity — a true rite of passage for the backyard astronomer. It combines a tour of some of the finest deep-sky sights with a trip back in time to the galaxies of the Coma-Virgo Cluster, nearly 60 million light-years away. If you haven’t already “run” a Messier marathon, I urge you to give it a try. Or check out Michael Bakich’s “Run a non-Messier marathon” on p. 58. If you seek something different, the double star marathon is now an option.

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