The Observatório do Lago Alqueva, together with the Associação Portuguesa de Astrónomos Amadores (APAA), organize an Amateur Astronomers Meeting during the afternoon of the 6th of April.

In this night, with the participation of the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, takes place OLA’s second Messier Marathon where we set ourselves to observe through the telescope the maximum possible number of galaxies, nebulae and open and globular clusters from the 110 objects belonging to the Messier catalog built by Charles Messier, the french astronomer of the 18th century.

Accommodation. There are several possibilities for accommodation in the vicinity of the observatory. See some of our recommendations here. It is also possible to camp in OLA’s field.

Vehicles with telescopes may enter the park of the observatory to the observation platforms until 21:00 on Saturday and can only leave after 2:00 on Sunday.

Entry to the meeting: 0€.

Entry to the marathon: without telescope 14€, 9€, 35€ (adult, youngster, family); with telescope 0€.

During the weekend of the event, the participants may visit the Museu da Luz near Mourão free of charge. To this effect, the participants must ask for a ticket at OLA’s reception


To register in the Marathon, please fill in this form.



14:00 Welcome – Nelson Nunes and Pedro Ré

14:30 The construction of OLA – Leonel Godinho

15:00 Observing and photographing the Sun  – Pedro Ré

15:30 Portuguese Meteor Network – Carlos Saraiva

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 Asteroid photometry – Rui Gonçalves

17:00 Occultations – Wolfgang Beisker (IOTA-ES)

17:30 The contribution of the amateur astronomer – João Gregório

18:00 The pan of the Marathon – Pedro Ré

21:30 – 6:00 Messier Marathon

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Date(s) - 06/04/2019 - 07/04/2019
14:00 - 6:00


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