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Tiny Mars through a 3" Polarex (dec. 7, 03:00 UT)

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#1 Roel

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 06:57 AM

Monday night I couldn't sleep... After staring at the ceiling for about an hour I decided to get out of bed and take my 1962 Polarex (Unitron) 3" equatorial outside for a quick look at Mars. The seeing was a bit poor. Normally I can push this amazing telescope up to 300x, but this night 200x was on the edge. But!
The following amazing view of tiny Mars didn't quite help me to get sleepy again! For the first time in my life I saw the polar ice cap. It was much bigger and bighter than I expected. What a thrill, and how unexpected! The apparent diameter is only 10 arc seconds, and my scope's diameter isn't all that big too. A very nice surprise! This certainly was one of those nights I'll remember for a long time. To see something that beautiful that unexpected makes this hobby so wonderful.

Here's the pencil sketch I made (altered with Photoshop, N=down W=right):

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#2 Roel

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 06:58 AM

My Polarex 3" Equatorial. Without a motor drive so sketching at high magnification is somewhat difficult...

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#3 Kris.

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 08:54 AM

wonderfull scope & sketch Roel! It reminds my of the view of mars in June/July.

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 09:36 AM

That's a wonderfully realistic sketch. LOVE it! - j

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 11:53 AM

Roel,

Excellent sketch and the scope is a treasure.

Frank :)

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:20 PM

Roel,
You've captured the eyepiece appearance of Mars beautifully. I believe the icecap is what makes Mars seem more Eath-like. I'm glad you got to see it. :)

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:42 PM

Beautiful sketch and sweet scope! :cool:

#8 Jef De Wit

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 01:12 PM

Roel
Nice observation and sketch. I tried several times to see detail in Mars with my ETX-70, but without success. But you give me hope that I will some day will catch the polarcap with my little scope. Kris said it is possible and he knows what he's talking about.

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 02:21 PM

I just hope that someday ANY of my sketches capture what I see in the eyepiece that well.

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 08:08 AM

Roel

Very realistic sketch of Mars! :bow: :bow: :bow:

I remember seeing those beautiful Unitron telescopes in Sky & Telescope in the late 1960's. You have a beautifully preserved model.

Thanks for posting,

Mark

#11 JayKSC

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 11:18 AM

Roel,

That's an outstanding sketch of Mars. You've captured much more detail than I see in the red planet even with larger scopes. Very fine telescope, too, by the way!

- Jay
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#12 Tommy5

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 07:12 PM

very nice sketch of the red planet i also have a 80mm F/15 Sears scope that gives similar views.

#13 JimP

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 08:59 PM

Beautiful sketch! I like it very much. You have nailed the color perfectly.

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 09:46 PM

Very Nice! Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 12:24 PM

Roel,

:ooo:, nice sketch. Now mars is coming in season, I know you will be doing more sketches.

:thanx:,

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 12:08 PM

Roel, a really realistic sketch, colour is perfect. Very nice looking scope too.

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:10 PM

Roel,

An outstanding observation of Mars through your excellent3" Polarex refractor. You have captured the red planet perfectly through your moderate aperture instrument. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Carlos

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 03:38 PM

I recall my first view of Mars' polar ice cap thru my TV101. I was setup next to a C14 and due to the seeing issues that night, the TV101 gave a far better image of Mars. I've got a 2.4" Unitron in the mail...didn't make it for Christmas but should be here tomorrow?? Hopefully. Now all we need are clear skies!

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 05:22 PM

Roel,

Your sketch is one of the finest I have seen on Mars and is so realistic! What a wonderful result and much better than staring at the ceiling. I have to say I had to do a double take before I read your comments because the polar ice cap shocked me! It was like looking at it in real life and going "I'm not seeing what I'm seeing" and taking a double take to confirm it. Very nicely done.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 01:43 PM

Yes, terrific sketch! It's so realistic that it gives one the sensation of actually being at the eyepiece while looking at it.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 08:51 AM

Wow..excellent sketch..you've captured a very sureal image. Its replaced my views thru the eyepiece on this cloudy night.






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