Swindon Stargazers

Messier Challenge 2023

This challenge is to sketch or photograph all 110 Messier Objects during 2023. It is open to all Swindon Stargazers Club members.

To submit a sketch or photograph please email it to ssmessier@cog2.com

Messier Number
NGC
TypeMag & SizeSeasonDifficultyImages
M1
NGC1952 Crab Nebula
Supernova RemnantMag 8.4
Size 6.0x4.0
WinterModerate
M2
NGC 7089
Globular ClusterMag 6.5
Size 12.9
AutumnEasyAwaiting Images
M3
NGC 5272
Globular ClusterMag 6.2
Size 16.2
SpringEasyAwaiting Images
M4
NGC 6121
Globular ClusterMag 5.6
Size 26.3
SummerHardAwaiting Images
M5
NGC 5904
Globular ClusterMag 5.6
Size 17.4
SummerVery EasyAwaiting Images
M6
NGC 6405 Butterfly Cluster
Open ClusterMag 5.3
Size 25
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M7
NGC 6475 Ptolemys Cluster
Open ClusterMag 4.1
Size 80
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M8
NGC 6523 Lagoon Nebula
Diffuse NebulaMag 6
Size 90x40
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M9
NGC 6333
Globular ClusterMag 7.7
Size 9.3
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M10
NGC 6254
Globular ClusterMag 6.6
Size 15.1
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M11
NGC 6705 Wild Duck Cluster
Open ClusterMag 6.3
Size 14
SummerVery EasyAwaiting Images
M12
NGC 6218
Globular ClusterMag 6.7
Size 14.5
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M13
NGC 6205 Hercules Globular Cluster
Globular ClusterMag 5.8
Size 16.6
SummerVery Easy
M14
NGC 6402
Globular ClusterMag 7.6
Size 11.7
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M15
NGC 7078
Globular ClusterMag 6.2
Size 12.3
AutumnEasyAwaiting Images
M16
NGC 6611 Eagle Nebula Cluster
Open ClusterMag 6.4
Size 7
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M17
NGC 6618 Omega, Swan, Horseshoe Nebula
Diffuse NebulaMag 7
Size 11
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M18
NGC 6613
Open ClusterMag 7.5
Size 9
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M19
NGC 6273
Globular ClusterMag 6.8
Size 13.5
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M20
NGC 6514 Trifid Nebula
Diffuse NebulaMag 9
Size 28
SummerVery HardAwaiting Images
M21
NGC 6531
Open ClusterMag 6.5
Size 13
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M22
NGC 6656
Globular ClusterMag 5.1
Size 24
SummerVery EasyAwaiting Images
M23
NGC 6494
Open ClusterMag 6.9
Size 27
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M24
NGC 6603 Milky Way Patch
Star CloudMag 4.6
Size 90
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M25
IC 4725
Open ClusterMag 6.5
Size 40
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M26
NGC 6694
Open ClusterMag 8
Size 15
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M27
NGC 6853 Dumbbell Nebula
Planetary NebulaMag 7.4
Size 8.0x5.7
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M28
NGC 6626
Globular ClusterMag 6.8
Size 11.2
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M29
NGC 6913
Open ClusterMag 7.1
Size 7
SummerEasy
M30
NGC 7099
Globular ClusterMag 7.2
Size 11
AutumnEasyAwaiting Images
M31
NGC 224 Andromeda Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 3.4
Size 178x63
AutumnEasyAwaiting Images
M32
NGC 221 Satellite of M31
Elliptical GalaxyMag 8.1
Size 8x6
AutumnEasyAwaiting Images
M33
NGC 598 Triangulum Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 5.7
Size 73x45
AutumnHard
M34
NGC 1039
Open ClusterMag 5.5
Size 35
AutumnEasy
M35
NGC 2168
Open ClusterMag 5.3
Size 28
WinterVery Easy
M36
NGC 1960
Open ClusterMag 6.3
Size 12
WinterEasy
M37
NGC 2099
Open ClusterMag 6.2
Size 24
WinterEasy
M38
NGC 1912
Open ClusterMag 7.4
Size 21
WinterEasy
M39
NGC 7092
Open ClusterMag 5.2
Size 32
AutumnEasy
M40
Winecke 4
Double StarMag 9.3
Size 49
SpringEasy
M41
NGC 2287
Open ClusterMag 4.6
Size 38
WinterEasyAwaiting Images
M42
NGC 1976 Great Orion Nebula
Diffuse NebulaMag 4
Size 85x60
WinterVery EasyAwaiting Images
M43
NGC 1982 de Mairan Nebula
Diffuse NebulaMag 9
Size 20x15
WinterEasyAwaiting Images
M44
NGC 2632 Beehive Cluster (Praesepe)
Open ClusterMag 3.7
Size 95
WinterEasyAwaiting Images
M45
Pleiades, Seven Sisters
Open ClusterMag 1.6
Size 110
WinterVery EasyAwaiting Images
M46
NGC 2437
Open ClusterMag 6
Size 27
WinterEasy
M47
NGC 2422
Open ClusterMag 5.2
Size 30
WinterEasyAwaiting Images
M48
NGC 2548
Open ClusterMag 5.5
Size 54
WinterEasy
M49
NGC 4472
Elliptical GalaxyMag 8.4
Size 9x7.5
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M50
NGC 2323
Open ClusterMag 6.3
Size 16
WinterEasy
M51
NGC 5194 Whirlpool Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 8.4
Size 11x7
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M52
NGC 7654
Open ClusterMag 7.3
Size 13
AutumnEasy
M53
NGC 5024
Globular ClusterMag 7.6
Size 12.6
SpringEasyAwaiting Images
M54
NGC 6715
Globular ClusterMag 7.6
Size 9.1
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M55
NGC 6809
Globular ClusterMag 6.3
Size 19
SummerHardAwaiting Images
M56
NGC 6779
Globular ClusterMag 8.3
Size 7.1
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M57
NGC 6720 Ring Nebula
Planetary NebulaMag 8.8
Size 1.4x1
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M58
NGC 4579
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.7
Size 5.5x4.5
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M59
NGC 4621
Elliptical GalaxyMag 9.6
Size 5x3.5
SpringHardAwaiting Images
M60
NGC 4649
Elliptical GalaxyMag 8.8
Size 7x6
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M61
NGC 4303
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.7
Size 6x5.5
SpringHardAwaiting Images
M62
NGC 6266
Globular ClusterMag 6.5
Size 14.1
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M63
NGC 5055 Sunflower Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 8.6
Size 10x6
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M64
NGC 4826 Blackeye Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 8.5
Size 9.3x5.4
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M65
NGC 3623
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.3
Size 8x1.5
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M66
NGC 3627
Spiral GalaxyMag 8.9
Size 8x2.5
SpringEasyAwaiting Images
M67
NGC 2682
Open ClusterMag 6.1
Size 30
WinterEasy
M68
NGC 4590
Globular ClusterMag 7.8
Size 12
SpringVery HardAwaiting Images
M69
NGC 6637
Globular ClusterMag 7.6
Size 7.1
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M70
NGC 6681
Globular ClusterMag 7.9
Size 7.8
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M71
NGC 6838
Globular ClusterMag 8.3
Size 7.2
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M72
NGC 6981
Globular ClusterMag 9.3
Size 5.9
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M73
NGC 6994 Group of 4 stars
Group or AsterismMag 9
Size 2.8
SummerHardAwaiting Images
M74
NGC 628
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.4
Size 10.2x9.5
AutumnVery Hard
M75
NGC 6864
Globular ClusterMag 8.5
Size 6
SummerModerateAwaiting Images
M76
NGC 650 Little Dumbell, Buttefly Nebula
Planetary NebulaMag 10.1
Size 2.7x1.8
AutumnModerateAwaiting Images
M77
NGC 1068 Cetus A
Spiral GalaxyMag 8.9
Size 7x6
AutumnModerateAwaiting Images
M78
NGC 2068
Diffuse NebulaMag 8.3
Size 8x6
WinterModerate
M79
NGC 1904
Globular ClusterMag 7.7
Size 8.7
WinterModerate
M80
NGC 6093
Globular ClusterMag 7.3
Size 8.9
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M81
NGC 3031 Bodes Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 6.9
Size 21x10
SpringEasy
M82
NGC 3034 Cigar Galaxy
Irregular GalaxyMag 8.4
Size 9.x4
SpringEasy
M83
NGC 5236 Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 7.6
Size 11x10
SpringHardAwaiting Images
M84
NGC 4374
Lenticular GalaxyMag 9.1
Size 5
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M85
NGC 4382
Lenticular GalaxyMag 9.1
Size 7.1x5.2
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M86
NGC 4406
Lenticular GalaxyMag 8.9
Size 7.5x5.5
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M87
NGC 4486 Virgo A
Elliptical GalaxyMag 8.6
Size 7
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M88
NGC 4501
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.6
Size 7x4
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M89
NGC 4552
Elliptical GalaxyMag 9.8
Size 4
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M90
NGC 4569
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.5
Size 9.5x4.5
SpringHardAwaiting Images
M91
NGC 4548
Spiral GalaxyMag 10.2
Size 5.4x4.4
SpringVery HardAwaiting Images
M92
NGC 6341
Globular ClusterMag 6.4
Size 11.2
SummerEasyAwaiting Images
M93
NGC 2447
Open ClusterMag 6
Size 22
WinterEasyAwaiting Images
M94
NGC 4736
Spiral GalaxyMag 8.2
Size 7x3
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M95
NGC 3351
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.7
Size 4.4x3.3
SpringHardAwaiting Images
M96
NGC 3368
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.2
Size 6x4
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M97
NGC 3587 Owl Nebula
Planetary NebulaMag 9.9
Size 3.4x3.3
SpringVery HardAwaiting Images
M98
NGC 4192
Spiral GalaxyMag 10.1
Size 9.5x3.2
SpringVery HardAwaiting Images
M99
NGC 4254
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.9
Size 5.4x4.8
SpringHardAwaiting Images
M100
NGC 4321
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.3
Size 7x6
SpringVery HardAwaiting Images
M101
NGC 5457 Pinwheel Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 7.9
Size 22
SpringVery Hard
M102
NGC 5866 Spindle Galaxy
Lenticular GalaxyMag 9.9
Size 5.2x2.3
SummerHardAwaiting Images
M103
NGC 581
Open ClusterMag 7.4
Size 6
AutumnEasy
M104
NGC 4594 Sombrero Galaxy
Spiral GalaxyMag 8
Size 9x4
SpringEasyAwaiting Images
M105
NGC 3379
Elliptical GalaxyMag 9.3
Size 2
SpringModerateAwaiting Images
M106
NGC 4258
Spiral GalaxyMag 8.4
Size 19x8
SpringHardAwaiting Images
M107
NGC 6171
Globular ClusterMag 7.9
Size 10
SummerHardAwaiting Images
M108
NGC 3556
Spiral GalaxyMag 10
Size 8x1
SpringHard
M109
NGC 3992
Spiral GalaxyMag 9.8
Size 7x4
SpringHard
M110
NGC 205 Satellite of M31
Elliptical GalaxyMag 8.5
Size 17x10
AutumnHardAwaiting Images