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Jupiter and Mars this morning (Jan. 14th)

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#1 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 03:45 AM

Dear observers,


I awoke this morning and it was still dark. I brought my 4 inch refractor outside and could start observing before the sky became too bright.


The planets ar not in a favorable position here in Germany. Both are close together and around 18 deg above the horizon. I used a atmospheric dispersion corrector, which helped only somewhat.


For Jupiter I used 130x and for Mars 200x. The details at Mars came out only with filters. The polarc cap could be seen with yellow and blue (better with blue), the dark ring at the polar cap needed a yellow filter. 


Jupiter stood between 6 mag stars - a beautiful sight!



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#2 donadani


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 03:54 AM

clouds, clouds, clouds here in the south - since days, weeks, months... horrible! 


so at least some imagination from your skeetches - thanks!



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 04:13 AM

Well done Uwe, it's cloudy here in the UK

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 06:58 AM

Neither Jupiter or Mars are easy to study at the moment, and detecting the detail you have is testimony to your skill as an observer! waytogo.gif

I've really struggled with Jupiter so far this apparition, yet Mars despite its diminutive apparent size, has been a bit more rewarding. Perhaps it's because I prefer observing Mars is the reason I give it more of a chance!

I'm glad you mentioned using filters, as its a reminder to me to give them a go from time to time. I rarely use them, although last year I found a Wrattan 80A blue seemed to reduce the effects of atmospheric turbulence, as well as enhancing the brighter areas. 


Thanks for posting your excellent observations! 



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 12:34 PM



This is superb. And choose g that refractory also meant your cool down time was not too bad. Both lo9k excellent and clean, polished even. The disturbances in the belts on Jupiter lead to pique my curiosity. Still, I'm not pulling my.butt outta warm bed to frigid air just yet!  You got some shading on Mars and that's significant, its easy for seeing to obliterate everything when the planets that apparently small.


I like the clean look Dude!



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#6 frank5817


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:12 PM



Worth getting up to sketch.

Well done.


Frank :)

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 10:00 PM

Thanks for being the early bird and sharing your great sketches, Uwe! waytogo.gif

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 04:44 PM



Nice sketch of Jupiter and Mars (This morning on Jan. 14th) smile.gif .




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#9 Asbytec


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:45 PM

Jupiter is popping with detail Uwe. Nicely done. Nice view. Mars will come. :)

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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:30 AM

Until now here near Paris, on the morning, nothing consistent in images with a 150mm cassgrain on Mars.

So gents here, good welcome.

Still following you here with profit.


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