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#1 epee

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 08:55 AM

Where in the Eastern United States is the best bet for observing the upcoming Mars opposition; greatest chance of clear skies and excellent seeing?



#2 Richard O'Neill

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 09:33 AM

Southern tip of the Everglades at Flamingo campground. See ya there.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 09:45 AM

The day of the Mars opposition is not really an event.  Mars will be great for weeks before and after the opposition.  From GA, you should have an excellent chance for many great Mars observations.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 09:59 AM

I would imagine the more South the better. It's pretty low here on the Oregon Coast. A bit in the soup.



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Posted 14 March 2018 - 11:14 AM

The day of the Mars opposition is not really an event.  Mars will be great for weeks before and after the opposition.  From GA, you should have an excellent chance for many great Mars observations.

Georgia skies offer good, but not excellent, seeing during the month before and after opposition. Since this is likely the closest opposition for the remainder of my life, I'd like to take good advantage of it in skies offering exceptional views.

 

Any known places to observe near Homestead, Florida? I'd like to have an air conditioned room to sleep in.


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Posted 14 March 2018 - 05:03 PM

A few weeks plus or minus the opposition isn't going to make any difference. From past experiences, Id say star looking at Mars a month or so on either side of opposition so your guaranteed a few good nights of optimum seeing conditions.

 

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Posted 14 March 2018 - 06:04 PM

Southern tip of the Everglades at Flamingo campground. See ya there.

Take some nuclear level mosquito spray because they are professional blood suckers in Flamingo. 



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Posted 15 March 2018 - 07:45 AM

Think a Thermocel might help?



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Posted 15 March 2018 - 09:21 PM

Take some nuclear level mosquito spray because they are professional blood suckers in Flamingo. 

 

There are lots of lawyers and angry ex wives down there? Who knew...

 

I was just an hour ago looking at the details of this Mars opposition.  Size wise....its pretty big about 1.5 months on either side. I'd been getting a little excited about this go around. But then I noticed it will be at MINUS 25 degrees declination ! Even at my very southerly location on the Gulf Coast of 30 north latitude the highest it will be 35 degrees. That is not very high. Imagine being another 10 or 15 degrees farther north latitude !

 

Maybe I'm being a bit of a Debby downer here. At least we can have pretty good seeing around here. Hopefully I'll at least have a Jaegers 6 inch f15 refractor up and running by then.

 

2020 sounds much better. Yeah, Mars will be just a bit smaller...butttt...it will be at plus 5 declination. From my location it will be up to 65 degrees high....that is sooo much better.

 

Looking a bit further. 2022 is still decent size and a good declination. After that things get fairly grim size and declination wise. Things don't get better till 2033 or 2035  roughly....EEEK!

 

I guess I better get in some good Mars view this next couple go arounds...getting old enough that 2033/2035 might be a bit iffy life wise...and if I make those definitely need to get those next few in for sure.


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Posted 16 March 2018 - 07:52 PM

In 2016 Mars was between 19° and 20°. On multiple viewing sessions the seeing was superb and extremely memorable vistas of "utter profundity" manifested. Despite the low altitude... 9/10 seeing in "deep summer" does allow the patient persistent observer... a glimpse worth seeing. 

 

During this 2018 apparition Mars will be between 17° and 18° altitude up here. I will be observing every single clear night - even on nights where the Jet Stream maps show some lower edges of activity.


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 09:16 AM

Glad to hear that you managed some good views even at 20 degrees !



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Posted 17 March 2018 - 09:59 AM

Where in the Eastern United States is the best bet for observing the upcoming Mars opposition; greatest chance of clear skies and excellent seeing?

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