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Mars and Saturn - 1st April 2010

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#1 dweller25


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Posted 02 April 2010 - 04:33 AM

Well after two weeks of poor weather I finally managed to get out to observe (albeit between clouds !!).

Mars first and what a surprise - it's still observable and showing a little detail. It had a pronounced phase and the North Polar Cap is very small and dull. Very subtle surface markings in the middle of the globe, a nice big cloud to the upper left and very subtle shadings at the South.

8" F/6 Newtonian at x192 (Ultima Barlow + 12.5mm Orthoscopic)
1st Apr 2010 - 19:25UT
Seeing = AII, CM = 133'

Had a look at Praesepe at low power in the refractor and what a stunning sight. Pin sharp stars against a really black background, absolutely magnificent.

Then moved onto Saturn and wow is it big compared to Mars. Beautifully sharp ring system with nice banding in both hemispheres of the globe. Ring tilt is very small and I could not see the Cassini division. Three moons in close attendance.

Takahashi FS-128 with Baader Binoviewer at x235.
1st April 2010 - 22:00UT
Seeing = AII.

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#2 JayinUT


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Posted 02 April 2010 - 04:56 AM

Wonderful details on Mars! I like the icecap and the faint details that are evident. Same story for Saturn. You've captured both items very nicely.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 09:54 AM


These two sketches look great side by side. I know that feeling of frustration when it is cloudy for more than a week at a time. When the opportunity arrives we feel compelled to jump on it. Great work. :bow: :rainbow: :bow:

Frank :)

#4 dweller25


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Posted 03 April 2010 - 01:45 AM

Thanks for the nice replies, I plan to follow Mars for as long as possible.

#5 Radim


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Posted 03 April 2010 - 01:08 PM

Very nice sketch, I found interesting that Saturn I saw exactly the same in C8 while Mars showed slightly more details in your sketch, so C8 and FS 128 are somewhere near in planet details.

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