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Mars Finally! In the 8" and 102mm f11 & Shoutout to Daniel Mounsey

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#1 ris242

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 04:16 AM

I finally got 2 clear nights to try out my scopes on Mars at a reasonable time 9pm and when its at its closest.

Being at 41' South I'm only getting it as high as 43 degrees and I'm generally looking at it at 20-25' in the East.

 

both nights clouds would just hover below Mars coming up, and then finally took over - clouding up the whole sky so I gave up at that point.

 

Both nights I didn't research what I should be seeing and which side of the Planet I was looking at......more on that in a moment.

 

Thursday night - 8" Edge - It was just far too bright and overpowering. Even light filtering.....it didn't do much.
I didn't get a lot of time here but the seeing was average/below average

 

Friday night - 102mm F11 - sadly I have it setup for bino.....so unfortunately I had the diagonal close to the focuser then a rather long extension running in mono so not the best setup for the test.
Much dimmer...... more contrast. Wow I think I'm actually seeing features.

 

So after recently watching  - 'Daniel Mounsey shares his experience of astronomy' on youtube - made way back in 2017

I experienced the scene first......then wanted to prove what I'd seen.

I was seeing a dark triangle at the centre of the planet with a 7mm delite @ 160x and even a bit more defined on the 11mm.

 

So I pulled out sky safari and yeah ...... that looks like it.

 

marsfriday.jpg

 

The clouds were coming and I wanted to grab it as a pic......
D750 with a APM 9mm attached. 1/40 second.
[I don't have a planetary stacking beast yet........one day. lol]
I'm visual and I had a breeze so all I'm saying is the Planet looked like Skysafari. Proved but I saw it first by eye. :)

 

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#2 HarryRik9

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Posted 17 October 2020 - 07:43 AM

Nice photo. Try a Mars filter which improves detail and contrast. https://www.amazon.c...e/dp/B000V01VB6



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Posted 17 October 2020 - 08:54 AM

"I was seeing a dark triangle at the centre of the planet..." Exactly what I saw when viewing Mars through my 100mm Sky Watcher ED. 




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