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#76 JOEinCO

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Posted 01 January 2021 - 10:10 AM

I wanted to get out last last night for one last 2020 look at Mars, but the clouds would have none of that! 

 

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this series of Mars 2020 threads going back to May, both posters and readers. It's been great fun while Mars grew and shrank, and I think we can all agree: It was better than the last Dust Storm Opposition.


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 11:48 AM

I wanted to get out last last night for one last 2020 look at Mars, but the clouds would have none of that! 

 

I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this series of Mars 2020 threads going back to May, both posters and readers. It's been great fun while Mars grew and shrank, and I think we can all agree: It was better than the last Dust Storm Opposition.

Thanks to you Joe, and to everyone's input!  I certainly learned a great deal about the observation of Mars from all those who participated in these threads!   It has been indeed a lot of fun tracking the progress of the Red Planet since May!  Great memories!  waytogo.gif  


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 03:20 PM

Joe and Scott,

Yes, it has been enjoyable, this opposition for Mars.  And yes, it was better than last time, even though I think I got to view it a lot more last time.  I only got to see it in my scope several times, but what I saw was better than what I saw in times past.  I don't know if it's my vision or recent atmospheric conditions, but the dark regions I recall being more olive greenish in years past, but now grayer.


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Posted 02 January 2021 - 02:18 PM

This is an excellent apparition of Mars. The observer reports have equally been a pleasure to follow and post experiences. January will remain a good month to observe the red planet and I hope to do just that.

 

Randy


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Posted 05 January 2021 - 12:06 AM

I got in 30 minutes of Mars observing tonight before clouds rolled in again. The polar cap was at angle where I could see it covering more of mars than other viewings this year and could see land mass about half the time using orion 6 inch f8 dobsonian and starguider 5mm eyepiece and tele vue 8mm plossl plus 6mm plossl. The land mass seemed to be more long than wide tonight.



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Posted 05 January 2021 - 07:01 AM

I was observing two nights ago in someone's 8" SCT and thought I saw a big SPC and knew that was not likely. Now I realize that I don't normally use that scope and got it flipped, so I was probably seeing a prominent northern polar hood. And some vague surface features.

 

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 12:36 AM

I have a question.

I previously owned a Zhumel 12 dobsonion and I good views of Mars and it's Polar Ice Cap (keep in mind that, that was back in November.

 

I than decided to up grade to a 16 inch Explore Scientific Truss in hopes to see more of Mars.

 

I'm in Victorville California.

I took my telescope out last night and I could see the details in the inner part of Mars but I could not see the Polar Ice Cap.

 

Am I the only one having issues or do I possibly have a bad mirror?

 

I imagine with my 16 inch Explore Scientific Truss I would get amazing views...kinda wish I would have kept my Zhumel and have something to compare. Thanks for any input 

 

Randy.



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 05:16 PM

I've never owned anything bigger than my 8" Newt, but I seriously suspect your inability to spot the ice cap is not due to equipment.  Mars is no longer as close to us as it was back several weeks to couple of months.  Never mind that, the night's atmospheric conditions play a large role in what you can see too.  If you had the 16" truss Dob in November, you'd probably have seen more than you did.



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Posted 15 January 2021 - 09:20 AM

Recent photos of Mars, eg the small bore challenge, don't show the SPC. Has it gone?  I looked at the planet a few nights ago with 8'' aperture. There were vague central features on the shrinking disc but, needless to say, no SPC. However, there was a noticeable, extensive very pale appearance to the southern latitudes.  David


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