The Ultimate Messier Object Log (TUMOL)

Updated March 11, 2013

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Version Number Description
Format, Size, Compatibility
3.3 App

Standalone Application 

I have finally updated the apps using Filemaker 10 Pro. This should make it more compatible with the latest operating systems. However, this new version of Filemaker makes HUGE files, increasing the size of the zip files to over 40MB! So, try downloading version 3.2 first. If it works for you, you don't need the new, larger version. Mac users note, when you double-click on the downloaded app, it will tell you it cannot open, because it is not from an authorized developer. You have to Control-Click or Right-Click on it, select Open from the contextual menu, then click Open when it tells you I am not an authorized developer. Hopefully the next version of Filemaker will fix this!

Mac v3.3
Mac Application (.zip)


Win v3.3
Windows Application (.zip)


3.2 App

Standalone Application 

A fully functioning version of the log that doesn't require you to have the FileMaker application. The Mac version contains two files in the database, included here as a disk image. The Windows version contains 8 files.

NOTE: TUMOL may not work with Windows Vista, expecially in 64-bit mode. If you have problems with it, please emal me.

Mac Application (.dmg)




Requires Filemaker Pro

This version of the log requires the Filemaker Pro application. Version 6.0 (or later) of Filemaker is recommended.

Note: Macintosh users may download either the disk image or the the Zip file. Windows users may only access the Zip file.

Mac disk image (.dmg)


Zip (.zip)


R3.2 PDF

Acrobat 5.0 format


I've updated the PDF file of R3.0 the Filemaker database. Version 3.2 adds to the better printing margins and other glitch fixes of 3.1 a fix to the Marathon sort order. (Sort order for items 28, 29, and 30 has been fixed.) (Big thanks to Jim "Rapid Eye" for for cathing this bug!) The PDF version has the advantage of being truly cross-platform (Mac, Windows, Unix). Acrobat Reader is available for free at

The big disadvantage of this format is that it is "read-only," so you can't enter your notes, do neat sorts, etc. But you can print all or part of the log (206 pages) and put it in a notebook as a handy reference/field guide.

Click here to see the list of "bugs" in version 3.0 of the PDF that were fixed in the new version. 



Download .sit
Download .zip


Text-only, ASCII Some people have e-mailed me because they do not have Filemaker, but would still like the data in the log in order to build their own databases in Microsoft Access(tm) or whatever... This ASCII file will let you do this. It is a tab-delimited text file. The first line of the file contains the names of the corresponding fields of the database.

For those of you who want to "roll your own" database, the images used in The Ultimate Messier Object Log can be downladed from the following URL:

View (.TXT)



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