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What Telescope Are You Going To Use On Mars Come June/July/August?

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#1 Aperture Mask

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:44 AM

Mars will be very close come June/July/August. I will be using a 120mm f/8.3 achromatic refractor, with a 90mm aperture mask. What telescope will you be using for this rare proximity of Mars? 


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:20 AM

I've already started!

 

I'm using a 200mm Newt, now with cooling fans, a new shiny focuser, and flocking on an Advanced VX, both observing and imaging.

 

Also got my 130mm Newt if its mount is ever fixed.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:55 AM

For about two weeks during mid-July I'll be using my Meade 14" LX200 GPS scope down in Chiefland, Florida. Where night skies are very steady/dark plus the wind stops blowing most clear evenings. Ideal for world-class imaging and observing. My ZWO ADC will be working overtime with all planets being low in the sky, but what a site Mars will be this year at 24.3".


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:56 AM

Nearly anything listed below, probably Nexstar 4 at smallest, most likely the 8" or 12" dob.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:39 AM

I'll use the Questar Astro 7 and my soon to be finished TEC180. Hoping it will be the best views of Mars I will have ever had.

 

On really good nights of seeing I'll bust out the dobs, but with short focal lengths it'll take some barlow power to get the magnification up.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:43 AM

All of my Telescopes, but particularly, my SkyWatcher 14" Dob.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:03 AM

There are good graphics on this "Mars Oppositions form 2012 to 2027" article to show how Mars will be at 94% of its maximum apparent size on July 27, 2018 (as viewed from Earth):  http://www.nakedeyep...oppositions.htm .  The apparent diameter will be 24.2 arc-seconds.  Right now, its apparent size is only ~5 arc-seconds; Jupiter is ~33 arc-seconds.  

 

I'm hoping that my 127mm Mak will be able to see the Mars polar ice cap this summer, but it may be tough.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:31 AM

From the UK, the proximity of Mars is going to be significantly offset by its low declination. I have a very wide range of telescopes to choose from but suspect that a 4" -  8.5" refractor might serve me best. If all else fails, a trip to Tenerife where I have a good C8.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:46 AM

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:15 AM

Both of these...

 

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^^^ Well... they ARE all I have...



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:24 AM

12.5" f/6.5 Teeter Dob with Lockwood mirror will be my main scope.  I will also use the Ceravolo 5.7" f/6 MakNewt.

 

I will try sketching, which I am not very good at, and video lucky imaging......

 

Mars will be at least 15" in diameter from June 1 until October 1 so there is plenty of opportunity for good views...

 

Sadly, the altitude at culmination won't be very good for us mid-northern observers.... on opposition day Mars will only get 20 degrees above my horizon (at 44 degrees north).

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:13 AM

180mm MAK definitely, and probably my C8 as well.



#13 Phil Cowell

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:18 AM

The best from the selection below.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:38 AM

My trusty LB16 and some high power Nagler T6's.  With my new Paracorr II, I hope to be able to see Mars in good focus as it drifts across the entire FoV (I don't have tracking, I'm a nudger smile.gif ).



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:44 AM

My skies likely won't be good. Star parties are good. An 8"-10" dob too. Even 6" dob.

I saw Mars in 2014 in an observatory telescope at 300x. Impressive. It will be over 50% larger this time. Maybe I'll still be under steady skies.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:46 AM

An Intes MK67.  2018 Mars was a major reason for acquiring this telescope.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:01 AM

Primarily my 4" Apo...and a little with the 6" Apo.

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:04 AM

I'll most likely be seeing Mars through dozens of different telescopes during the upcoming opposition but will probably be putting in the most eyepiece time with the 17" f/15 classical Cassegrain at the Naylor Observatory.

 

Of my the scopes that I personally own, I'll be using a 6" f/8 Orion SkyQuest XT6 Dob, a 10" f/4.7 Sky-Watcher Collapsible Dob, and a 15" f/4.5 TT/Classic Dob.

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:08 AM

Mostly the 12.5" New Moon dob with Lightholder optics.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:01 PM

This is the piece of equipment that I am most certain to use while observing Mars on a Florida summer night:

 

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Oh wait!  The OP said telescope.  Very well, this too:

 

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Sky-Watcher ProED 100 mm f/9


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:42 PM

My f/6.5 Meade 102mm. I know it's not a planet-killer but it's what I've got for looking at planets.

Putting in a lot of practise with it ahead of prime Mars-viewing time, at least. 


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:43 PM

With its declination position lower this time around I'll need to set up in another place to avoid trees.  I'll try my 5" EON and 180 Mak but have also ordered an 8" f/6 DOB recently (my 10" DOB is just too much for my back so I'll need to find a new home for it eventually) which may turn out to be best for here.  The last time I had good views to sketch from I lived in N. Carolina and used a Meade 10" SCT.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:49 PM

I’m uncertain. My options:

  • 8” f/10 SCT
  • 8” f/5 Newt
  • 80mm f/7.5 ED APO refractor (SW)

Leaning towards the SCT. Open to advice!



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:53 PM

I’m uncertain. My options:

  • 8” f/10 SCT
  • 8” f/5 Newt
  • 80mm f/7.5 ED APO refractor (SW)

Leaning towards the SCT. Open to advice!

Use them all! Maybe together all out at once, perhaps on different days, but all of them have something to offer.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 02:28 PM

Anything and Everything I've got.  From naked eye through binoculars to scopes. I was pretty un-initiated the last apparition.  I did observe Mars often but really had no clue. Had a few good nights on and around opposition and got to enjoy some brief (very brief) glimpses of detail during steady moments.  It was enough to hook me.  

I go into this apparition with 2 more years of observing experience (for a total of only 3), armed with V.P.A. and newly acquired copy of "Mars and How to Observe It". 

I've been waiting for this for two years, just hope work schedule and weather cooperate.


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