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Entering Mars’ 2020 Jan-Apr. Low-down Observing Challenges at 55ºN.

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#1 David Gray

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:14 AM

I got a better than hoped start to the apparition during the last quarter of 2019...........https://www.cloudyni...8-mars-returns/ ...........but as I said on that thread.....

 

“*Mars Returns*.....but likely being diminishing returns as the planet ever slides southward for some months yet........but will keep on looking.........”

 

So with the start of 2020 I guess I’m already encountering that situation with six early(ish) morning efforts of terrible seeing: but pretty much the norm for the circumstances. Even so there was fair success this a.m. as the blur gradually shrank/morphed to a very good disk: patience and perseverance over adversity & negativity catches the reward.....smile.gif

 

Alongside that offering is a somewhat rough-approximation diagram of Mars’ altitude the middle of each of the coming months indicating the planet 1-hour before culmination in relation to sunrise........Dave.

Mars 2020 Jan 13 dia.jpg

 

 

 

 


Edited by David Gray, 13 January 2020 - 12:53 PM.

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:31 AM

For me, at almost 65 north, Mars is but a dream!  I was able to find Uranus last night, which is relatively high.  Venus we can see swimming in a ocean of mixed-up air a bit after sunset.  Due to turbulence, etc I could not resolve it is was a disk or a partial disk (it is about 50% phase right now).   Planets are not good for us this far north.

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:47 AM

65ºN....shocked.gif ....that would test even my resolve..........!

 

I see all the time folk 10-20º [EDIT: North] South of me complaining things being too low......

I’d have settled for another 5º last apparition.

 

Dave.


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:17 PM

For me, at almost 65 north, Mars is but a dream!   Venus we can see swimming in a ocean of mixed-up air a bit after sunset.  Due to turbulence, etc I could not resolve it is was a disk or a partial disk (it is about 50% phase right now).   

Why don't you just observe Venus in daytime? Oh wait... scratchhead2.gif

 

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Clear skies!

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 04:16 PM

David,

 

Good sketch of Entering Mars’ 2020 Jan-Apr. Low-down Observing Challenges (At 55º N.) smile.gif .

 

CS.KLU,

 

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:56 PM

David,

 

Your work so far in 2020 on Mars is so very impressive.

I going to wait a little longer and avoid the frustration I expect at this point in the 2020 apparition.

Well done.

 

Frank :)



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Posted 14 January 2020 - 04:00 PM

Thanks Tom, Frank and those of you for the Likes.....smile.gif

 

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Posted 05 February 2020 - 08:08 AM

With the planet sloping ever southward, as expected, few sessions with good enough seeing. 

Up early(ish) on 11 dates in January – only the 19th delivered; 3 times so far this month with

success this a.m........but ever-onward undaunted.....tongue2.gif...........Dave.

Mars 2020 Jan 19 Feb 5.jpg

 

 


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Posted 05 February 2020 - 07:58 PM

David,

 

Very fine sketching this morning. 13 and 11 degrees, you always seem to rise to the challenge before you.

Excellent. No one I know does what you do.

 

Frank :)



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Posted 11 February 2020 - 09:54 AM

Thanks Frank.......

 

Takes a degree of craziness I suppose....then again I always loved those

early morning sessions.  Back in my pre-retirement life, on day-shift weeks,

I very often went to work with a spring in my step after one - even a poor one.....

 

Dave.



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Posted 11 February 2020 - 11:05 AM

David, Early morning observing and sketching is a great way to start a day. Frank smile.gif


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Posted 11 February 2020 - 11:16 AM

Effort and tenacity always get their reward.
Gorgeous work with which I always enjoy.

Greetings.
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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:15 AM

Thanks Frank.......

 

Takes a degree of craziness I suppose....then again I always loved those

early morning sessions.  Back in my pre-retirement life, on day-shift weeks,

I very often went to work with a spring in my step after one - even a poor one.....

 

Dave.

Man, Dave, I envy you. wink.gif   Just can't climb my ladder to draw Mars now; keep it up.



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Posted 15 February 2020 - 03:31 PM

David, Early morning observing and sketching is a great way to start a day. Frank smile.gif

+1 on that.  smile.gif 

 

Wonderful sketchwork, Dave!  We're having our normal winter weather here, i.e. continuous clouds, fog, rain, snow, so I enjoy seeing Mars through your intrepid eyes. waytogo.gif 

 

In other apparitions I've gotten some of my best views of Mars during early morning twilight--the air above these mountains seems to be at its quietest then.  Hope that's true this year.



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Posted 17 February 2020 - 07:53 AM

Thanks Peter, Jeff, Michael.........

 

Nothing more to post so far.........Storm Ciara, gone, but Storm Dennis not quite, and worrying gusts last night; and

seems the prospect of another brewing in the Atlantic: I’m thinking it might be a while before I get anymore with Mars. 

 

All the while it getting more into lighter dawn skies even if along with it gaining altitude the coming weeks.

 

On a brighter note Jupiter soon available here and will also serve as a marker for sweeping to Mars (& Saturn)

in those Spring-morning skies.

 

In hope...Dave.......tongue2.gif


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