Sufi Observing Competition

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Official logo of the Sufi Observing Competition

Sufi Observing Competition is an international competition and like Messier marathon, but more difficult with various subjects.

Since 2006, Astronomical Society of Iran – Amateur Committee (ASIAC) holds an international observing competition in the memory of Azophi. The first competition was held in 2006 in the north of Semnan Province[1] and the 2nd SUFI observing competition was held in summer of 2008 in Ladiz near Zahedan. More than 100 observers from Iran and Iraq participated in this event.

Third Sufi Competition was held in Pasargadae, Fars province of Iran, at the enclosure of the historical tomb of Cyrus the Great on 17–20 August 2009. More than 120 amateur astronomers participated in this competition which held in 2 class of individuals and groups. Closing ceremony of 3rd Sufi Competition was held in Persepolis historical site splendidly which is in the list of UNESCO world heritage site.

Babak Amin Tafreshi, Pouria Nazemi, Kazem Kookaram and Mohammad H. Almasi are Iranian amateur astronomers who designed and manage this competition in their country until today.

Objects selected by the competition[edit]

Number Name of Object Object Type Constellation Recommended Instrument Object of Sufi
1 M7 Open cluster Sco Telescope - Binoculars *
2 M6 Open cluster Sco Telescope - Binoculars
3 M8 Star cluster with Nebulae Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
4 M20 Star cluster with Nebulae Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
5 M22 Globular cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
6 M62 Globular cluster Oph Telescope - Binoculars
7 M80 Globular cluster Sco Telescope - Binoculars
8 NGC 6231 Open cluster Sco Telescope - Binoculars
9 NGC 6281 Open cluster Sco Telescope - Binoculars
10 NGC 6541 Globular cluster CrA Telescope - Binoculars
11 NGC 6441 Globular cluster Sco Telescope - Binoculars
12 M64 Galaxy Com Telescope - Binoculars
13 M97 Planetary nebula UMa Telescope - Binoculars
14 M108 Galaxy UMa Telescope - Binoculars
15 M108 Galaxy UMa Telescope - Binoculars
16 M109 Galaxy UMa Telescope - Binoculars
17 M106 Galaxy CVn Telescope - Binoculars
18 M94 Galaxy CVn Telescope - Binoculars
19 M63 Galaxy CVn Telescope - Binoculars
20 M51 Galaxy CVn Telescope - Binoculars
21 M101 Galaxy UMa Telescope - Binoculars
22 M3 Globular cluster CVn Telescope - Binoculars
23 M3 Globular cluster CVn Telescope - Binoculars
24 M5 Globular cluster Ser Telescope - Binoculars
25 M81 Galaxy UMa Telescope - Binoculars
26 M82 Galaxy UMa Telescope - Binoculars
27 M102 Galaxy Dra Telescope - Binoculars
28 NGC 5907 Galaxy Dra Telescope - Binoculars
29 NGC 6946 Galaxy Cep Telescope - Binoculars
30 M39 Open cluster Cyg Telescope - Binoculars
31 NGC 7243 Open cluster Lac Telescope - Binoculars
32 NGC 7331 Galaxy Peg Telescope - Binoculars
33 M12 Globular cluster Oph Telescope - Binoculars
34 M9 Globular cluster Oph Telescope - Binoculars
35 M28 Globular cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
36 M54 Globular cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
37 M55 Globular cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
38 M23 Open cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
39 16 Open cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
40 M17 Bright nebula Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
41 M25 Open cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
42 asterism of Nu1 and Nu2 asterism Sgr Telescope - Binoculars *
43 NGC 6716 Open cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
44 M14 Globular cluster Oph Telescope - Binoculars
45 IC 4665 Open cluster Oph Binoculars
46 IC 4756 Open cluster Ser Binoculars
47 M11 Open cluster Sct Telescope - Binoculars
48 M26 Open cluster Sct Telescope - Binoculars
49 NGC 6712 Globular cluster Sct Telescope - Binoculars
49 M75 Globular cluster Sgr Telescope - Binoculars
50 M31 Galaxy And Telescope - Binoculars
51 M110 Globular cluster And Telescope - Binoculars
52 NGC185 Galaxy Cas Telescope - Binoculars
53 M52 Open cluster Cas Telescope - Binoculars
54 NGC 40 planetary Nebula Cep Telescope -
55 NGC 7789 Open cluster Cas Telescope - Binoculars
56 NGC 129 Open cluster Cas Telescope - Binoculars
57 NGC 457 Open cluster Cas Telescope - Binoculars
58 NGC 663 Open cluster Cas Telescope - Binoculars
59 M13 Globular cluster Her Telescope - Binoculars
60 M92 Globular cluster Her Telescope - Binoculars
61 NGC 6229 Globular cluster Her Telescope - Binoculars
62 NGC 6503 Galaxy Dra Telescope - Binoculars
63 M72 Globular cluster Aqr Telescope - Binoculars
64 NGC 7009 Planetary Nebula Aqr Telescope -
65 M30 Globular cluster Cas Telescope - Binoculars
66 NGC 7293 Planetary Nebula Aqr Telescope - Binoculars
67 M74 Galaxy Psc Telescope - Binoculars
68 M33 Galaxy Tri Telescope - Binoculars
69 NGC 752 Open cluster And Telescope - Binoculars
70 M76 Planetary Nebula Per Telescope
71 NGC 869/884 Open cluster Per Telescope - Binoculars *
72 NGC 891 Galaxy And Telescope - Binoculars
73 M34 Open cluster Per Telescope - Binoculars
74 NGC 1023 Galaxy Per Telescope - Binoculars
75 Cr399 Open cluster Vul Telescope - Binoculars *
76 Messier 71 Globular cluster Sge Telescope - Binoculars
77 M27 Planetary Nebula Vul Telescope - Binoculars
78 NGC 6934 Globular cluster Del Telescope - Binoculars
79 M57 Planetary Nebula Lyr Telescope
80 M29 Open cluster Cyg Telescope - Binoculars
81 NGC 7582 Galaxy Cru Telescope - Binoculars
82 NGC 55 Galaxy Scl Telescope - Binoculars
83 NGC 300 Galaxy Scl Telescope - Binoculars
84 NGC 7793 Galaxy Scl Telescope - Binoculars
85 NGC 613 Galaxy Scl Telescope - Binoculars
86 NGC 247 Galaxy Cet Telescope - Binoculars
87 NGC 253 Galaxy Scl Telescope - Binoculars
88 NGC 288 Globular cluster Scl Telescope - Binoculars
89 Mel 20 Open cluster Per Binoculars
90 NGC 1342 Open cluster Per Telescope - Binoculars
91 NGC 1502 Open cluster Cam Telescope - Binoculars
92 NGC 1528 Open cluster Per Telescope - Binoculars
93 NGC 246 Planetary Nebula Cet Telescope - Binoculars
94 NGC 936 Galaxy Cet Telescope - Binoculars
95 M77 Galaxy Cet Telescope - Binoculars
96 M45 Open cluster Tau Telescope - Binoculars
97 NGC 1746 Open cluster Tau Telescope - Binoculars
98 NGC 1746 Open cluster Tau Binoculars
99 NGC 1907 Open cluster Aur Telescope - Binoculars
100 M38 Open cluster Aur Telescope - Binoculars
101 M36 Open cluster Aur Telescope - Binoculars
102 M37 Open cluster Aur Telescope - Binoculars
103 M1 Crab Nebula Tau Telescope - Binoculars
104 M35 Open cluster Gem Telescope - Binoculars
105 NGC 2158 Open cluster Gem Telescope - Binoculars
106 NGC 2403 Galaxy Aur Telescope - Binoculars
107 M2 Globular cluster Aur Telescope - Binoculars
108 M15 Globular cluster Per Telescope - Binoculars
109 M42 Nebula Ori Telescope - Binoculars
110 M78 Nebula Ori Telescope - Binoculars
111 NGC 2244 Open cluster Mon Telescope - Binoculars
112 NGC 2264 Cluster with Nebula Mon Telescope - Binoculars
113 NGC1097 Galaxy For Telescope - Binoculars
114 NGC 1360 Galaxy For Telescope - Binoculars
115 NGC 1365 Galaxy For Telescope - Binoculars
116 NGC 1316 Galaxy Fornax Telescope - Binoculars
117 NGC1291 Galaxy Eri Telescope - Binoculars
118 M79 Globular cluster Lep Telescope - Binoculars
119 NGC 2392 Planetary Nebula Gem Telescope
120 M50 Open cluster Mon Telescope - Binoculars
121 M41 Open cluster Cma Telescope - Binoculars
122 M44 Open cluster Cnc Telescope - Binoculars
123 M38 Open cluster Cnc Telescope - Binoculars
124 Asterism of lambda Open cluster Aur Telescope - Binoculars *

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