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Mars (Observation & Imaging) | Oct 26th 2020

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#1 MalVeauX

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Posted 26 October 2020 - 10:43 PM

Hey all,

 

I've not been able to do much for months, this nasty stormy weather from the gulf around Florida and exhausting amount of tropical storms and hurricanes this year.

 

Anyhow, nothing special, but figured I'd share. We had a cloudy evening but was able to get a little sky time. My daughter (7) and I were looking at the solar system bodies in our sky tonight, including Jupiter, Saturn, the moon and finally Mars. We were able to observe mars for a while and finally I captured a little data on it in color to give us a reference frame to what we observed. We observed in a few different scope types and apertures to compare things. Seeing was average, so decent, but not as superb as it could be for Florida's typical evenings. Surprisingly we were able to see the ice cap in as small as an 80mm aperture. Our best view came from the C8 Edge with binoviewers.

 

C8 Edge HD

Meade 2x (2.5x really) triplet telenegative amplifier

ASI224MC

Seeing 3/5

Best 50% of 22k frames

 

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My daughter's sketch from the eyepiece from tonight:

 

Emberlynn_Sketch_Mars_10262020.jpg

 

Our setup tonight:

 

Mars_setup_10262020.jpg

 

Very best,


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#2 photomagica

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Posted 26 October 2020 - 11:18 PM

What a great way to involve your daughter! I like her sketches.

Bill


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Posted 27 October 2020 - 12:29 AM

Nice work by your and your daughter!


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#4 Lacaille

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 12:33 AM

Good work on your part and your daughter’s - she has got the SPC too!

Mark
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#5 Thundermoon1994

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Posted 27 October 2020 - 09:48 AM

Time spent with our children at the telescope is so special!  So formative for them and bucket filling for us.  Long after we're dead and gone, those experiences may be some of their most cherished memories of us.  Looking at Mars through a telescope with my dad when I was 7 years old is what lit the fire in me for astronomy and telescopes!

 

 

Cheers,

Damien


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