I'm sure everyone is aware that Saturday, March 20th is the 12th All Arizona Messier Marathon held at our site south of Arizona City, AZ. Details are posted at http://www.saguaroastro.org/content/messier.htm be sure to review them before attending. Remember if you are going to participate it is your responsibility to be familiar with and follow all the guide lines posted on the SAC web site. We will have a short meeting Saturday at 6:15pm for some last minute announcements and distributing check lists for those still needing one or just wanting one more. Note the SEDS site that was down for a short while, now appears to be back on-line. Their URL is http://seds.lpl.arizona.edu/ and they have documented Messier Marathons for some time now. Late last month I got an e-mail from Kurt A. Fisher in Salt Lake City, Utah giving a link to a Meade Autostar controller file. I have no idea how well this controller program works and anyone wishing to use it may do so, but at your own risk. Neither I, nor anyone else in SAC, have been able to verify its applicability. Having said this you may download the file frommembers.csolutions.net/fisherka/astronote/observed/MM2004/MM2004.zip or you may contact the author at "fisherka@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx". Currently, my plans are to arrive for a Friday night observing session - I have a list that has been growing for several months and needs some attention. This hinges on work schedules and weather patterns. Anyone wishing to join in is more than welcome! See ya' there! AJ Crayon Messier Marathon Coordinator http://www.saguaroastro.org -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.