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#1 gustymars

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 07:49 PM

MARS DRAWING: J.D. Beish, Lake Placid, FL (27N21', 081W19')
16-in (41cm) f/6.9 Newtonian, Mag: 280x

Mars 08,2010,0000-0010 UT, CM 71 = 73, Ls = 61, De = 12.1
Seeing: 6. Trans: 6, Alt: 57 deg. OAT: 13.8 C

NOTES: BC = 0.

First observation in several years, not stabled on my feet. Nothing unusualy on Mars, Morning limb haze and clouds. NPR hazy. Evening clouds and haze.

Had to replace drive corrector and balance telescope. Took time away from observing, got tired and went toward bed :(

Rough sketch, too tired to make nice! :grin: :bawling:

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#2 Tommy5

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 07:56 PM

Very detailed mars sketch, you have captured quite a bit of detail on mars thanks for sharing.

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Posted 07 March 2010 - 08:55 PM

Looks very good to me. Nice work...it is always harder when struggling with being tired, but you did a good job.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:42 AM

Thats a lot of details and fine work, I liked half tones here. Thanks for sharing.

#5 Special Ed

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:28 AM

Jeff,

I'm very happy to see you posting an observation of Mars--a fine one, too.

As far as being tired, you've made so many Mars observations, you can probably do one in your sleep. :grin: :bow:

Regards,

#6 gustymars

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:56 AM

After looking in my records my last Mars observation was made in Sept 2007! :o The 16” has been sitting unused for most of that time too, so some TLC and maintenance are necessary. Then the 8-foot ladder would not fit next to the platform, so out comes the 6-foot; but with my new knees and standing with one foot on the platform and one on the ladder falling off was not an option!

So, using filters and drawing was difficult at best for a ten minute run; so I did the best and then reflected on all the years of doing this and then made a drawing. I would have done it earlier but the declination circle was off by 12 degrees and could not find Mars before Sunset. Maybe if I had just looked up!

So, today after gym the 16” will get some well deserved TLC and maintenance. Getting old also takes its toll and observing is not as easy as in the past. Maybe the 12.5-inch will be easier to use, so maybe it will be resurrected!

Anyway, it was nice to see Barsoom again in real time.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:16 AM

Nice sketch and report!

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 10:20 AM

Had to move a lead weight from the front to back of the saddle and balance the tube. Must have moved it years ago and forgot why!!! Setting circle back to 27.3 degrees, my latitude! No wonder I couldn’t find Mars; the circle was set 12 degrees too far north! Must have forgotten why it was moved. Anyway, I’m tired already and have to go to gym!!!! Now that the socpe is in shape, the astronomers curse is surly on its way!!!!!

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 11:22 AM

Hallo Jeff,

your rough sketch of Mars looks very good to me.Thank you for sharing with us.

CS

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:41 PM

Jeff,

That is more than nice for a rough sketch.
Thanks for all you have done to promote Mars observing over the years.

Frank :)

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:43 PM

The sketch is darker than necessary but after so may years of ALPOI Mars Section work or other we would press harder on the drawings so they would reproduce in the Journal. Plus in a hurry my pencil strokes come out, bad habit too. Habits are hard to break. I will do one more representative of what I actually see.

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 03:45 PM

Jeff,
Excellent sketch.:D Nice details. :goodjob:
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 06:54 PM

Thank yawl. It has been awhile since I did this and it is not easy for an old guy. A cold front is just appearing and seeing went south. No Mars this evening. :bawling:

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 09:57 PM

Jeff,

An excellent observation of Mars by an experienced (and talented) Mars observer. This is one observer that I do not have to label anything for! Your 16" F/6.9 Newtonian reflector is one of the finest instruments that I have every observed with. I am glad to see that you are able to observe Mars after your new knees. I hope that you are able to continue observing this apparition.

All other members please check out Jeff's excellent site on observing Mars. This is the best out there! http://www.alpo-astr...eish/index.html

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Posted 09 March 2010 - 07:17 AM

Carlos, after nearly falling off the platform I gave up on a detailed drawing of the NPC, but it is beginning to become irregular and maybe the "Lowell Band" is forming. I think the dust steaks in the NPC are gone now.

Anyway, it was too good to last, the weather that is. The jet stream overhead is running 130 knots and was turbulent last evening, to say the least. Also, it seems as though the Florida farmers and State are burning brush and trees again and the sky was smoky; not good for seeing.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 12:09 PM

Wow, been years since I did electronics and soldering! My new drive corrector and declination relay box works great. Something much be wrong! Maybe I can do another Mars drawing.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 01:40 PM

Jeff,

I am glad to hear that you were able to put together your new drive corrector and declination relay box. I hope that you are able to observe Mars again soon. My best to you, June, and the family.

Carlos

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 07:26 AM

Well, after all the work and a Mars observation the "astronomers curse" hit town and we had 3" of rain and the wind has been too high to observe this week. Yes, it even blew my 16" arond like a toy!






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