This file presents the Messier objects in the order of the Marathon Search Sequence given by Don Machholz in his Messier Marathon Observer's Guide.

The Messier Marathon Search Sequence

compiled online by Hartmut Frommert, using work of Don Machholz. Depending on geographic location, it may be impossible to find them all, and may be better to slightly modify this list. In case of doubt consult Don Machholz's book. This list should be good for northern latitudes 20 to 40.
M77 spiral galaxy in Cetus

M74 spiral galaxy in Pisces

M33 The Triangulum Galaxy (also Pinwheel) spiral galaxy in Triangulum

M31 The Andromeda Galaxy spiral galaxy in Andromeda

M32 Satellite galaxy of M31 elliptical galaxy in Andromeda

M110 Satellite galaxy of M31 elliptical galaxy in Andromeda

M52 open cluster in Cassiopeia

M103 open cluster in Cassiopeia

M76 The Little Dumbell, Cork, or Butterfly planetary nebula in Perseus

M34 open cluster in Perseus

M45 Subaru, the Pleiades--the Seven Sisters open cluster in Taurus

M79 globular cluster in Lepus

M42 The Great Orion Nebula diffuse nebula in Orion

M43 part of the Orion Nebula (de Mairan's Nebula) diffuse nebula in Orion

M78 diffuse reflection nebula in Orion

M1 The Crab Nebula supernova remnant in Taurus

M35 open cluster in Gemini

M37 open cluster in Auriga

M36 open cluster in Auriga

M38 open cluster in Auriga

M41 open cluster in Canis Major

M93 open cluster in Puppis

M47 open cluster in Puppis

M46 open cluster in Puppis

M50 open cluster in Monoceros

M48 open cluster in Hydra

M44 Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster open cluster in Cancer

M67 open cluster in Cancer

M95 spiral galaxy in Leo

M96 spiral galaxy in Leo

M105 elliptical galaxy in Leo

M65 spiral galaxy in Leo

M66 spiral galaxy in Leo

M81 Bode's Galaxy (nebula) spiral galaxy in Ursa Major

M82 Cigar Galaxy irregular galaxy in Ursa Major

M97 The Owl Nebula planetary nebula in Ursa Major

M108 spiral galaxy in Ursa Major

M109 spiral galaxy in Ursa Major

M40 Double Star WNC4 in Ursa Major

M106 spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

M94 spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

M63 Sunflower galaxy spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici

M101 The Pinwheel Galaxy spiral galaxy in Ursa Major (M102 may be a duplication of M101)

M102 Spindle Galaxy (NGC 5866) lenticular (S0) Galaxy in Draco

M53 globular cluster in Coma Berenices

M64 Blackeye galaxy spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

M3 globular cluster in Canes Venatici

M98 spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

M99 spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

M100 spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

M85 lenticular (S0) Galaxy in Coma Berenices

M84 lenticular (S0) Galaxy in Virgo

M86 lenticular (S0) Galaxy in Virgo

M87 Virgo A elliptical galaxy in Virgo

M89 elliptical galaxy in Virgo

M90 spiral galaxy in Virgo

M88 spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

M91 spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices

M58 spiral galaxy in Virgo

M59 elliptical galaxy in Virgo

M60 elliptical galaxy in Virgo

M49 elliptical galaxy in Virgo

M61 spiral galaxy in Virgo

M104 The Sombrero Galaxy spiral galaxy in Virgo

M68 globular cluster in Hydra

M83 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy spiral galaxy in Hydra

M5 globular cluster in Serpens Caput

M13 Great Hercules Globular Cluster globular cluster in Hercules

M92 globular cluster in Hercules

M57 The Ring Nebula planetary nebula in Lyra

M56 globular cluster in Lyra

M29 open cluster in Cygnus

M39 open cluster in Cygnus

M27 The Dumbbell Nebula planetary nebula in Vulpecula

M71 globular cluster in Sagitta

M107 globular cluster in Ophiuchus

M10 globular cluster in Ophiuchus

M12 globular cluster in Ophiuchus

M14 globular cluster in Ophiuchus

M9 globular cluster in Ophiuchus

M4 globular cluster in Scorpius

M80 globular cluster in Scorpius

M19 globular cluster in Ophiuchus

M62 globular cluster in Ophiuchus

M6 The Butterfly Cluster open cluster in Scorpius

M7 Ptolemy's Cluster open cluster in Scorpius

M11 The Wild Duck Cluster open cluster in Scutum

M26 open cluster in Scutum

M16 open cluster associated with the Eagle Nebula or Star Queen Nebula IC 4703 in Serpens Cauda

M17 The Omega or Swan or Horseshoe or Lobster Nebula diffuse nebula in Sagittarius

M18 open cluster in Sagittarius

M24 Milky Way Patch star cloud with open cluster NGC 6603 in Sagittarius

M25 open cluster in Sagittarius

M23 open cluster in Sagittarius

M21 open cluster in Sagittarius

M20 The Trifid Nebula diffuse nebula in Sagittarius

M8 The Lagoon Nebula diffuse nebula in Sagittarius

M28 globular cluster in Sagittarius

M22 globular cluster in Sagittarius

M69 globular cluster in Sagittarius

M70 globular cluster in Sagittarius

M54 globular cluster in Sagittarius

M55 globular cluster in Sagittarius

M75 globular cluster in Sagittarius

M15 globular cluster in Pegasus

M2 globular cluster in Aquarius

M72 globular cluster in Aquarius

M73 open cluster in Aquarius

M30 globular cluster in Capricornus


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