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Cosmic Challenge: The Eye of Mars

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#1 PhilH

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Posted 01 November 2020 - 05:15 AM

With Mars just having passed opposition on October 13, I thought it might be fun to challenge you to see a specific surface feature on the Red Planet before it slips too far away.

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 09:38 AM

oh i think i see it

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Posted 02 November 2020 - 12:32 PM

I think I saw it a few nights back, before reading this article for the first time this afternoon. Both scope and eyepiece were at the minimum requirement. Love Phil's writing style.

Clear skies all!


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Posted 04 November 2020 - 04:28 AM

The eye of Mars was "easy" direct view in the AP 10" f.14.5 Mak-cass with 14mm Delos eyepiece. No filters needed.  



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Posted 04 November 2020 - 03:08 PM

Mars 222444 lapl4 ap220 Drizzle15 RX PS
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Posted 04 November 2020 - 03:08 PM

My first decent, not great, image of Mars and the eye is in the center.


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Posted 06 November 2020 - 01:45 AM

I got to hand it to him, Phil Harrington is the ultimate amateur.


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#8 PhilH

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 04:08 AM

I got to hand it to him, Phil Harrington is the ultimate amateur.

Thanks, EdM2! blush.gif


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Posted 09 November 2020 - 04:27 AM

One night back at the end of September Solis Lacus was near the central meridian and I could "sorta kinda": see it using the Naylor Observatory's 17" classical Cassegrain.  If the level seeing had been as good as it was on Saturday and Sunday nights, the Eye of Mars would have been fairly easy to discern.

During the historic 2003 opposition, I had an extremely striking view of Solis Lacus through a friend's 14.5" Starmaster Dob one night.


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Posted 24 November 2020 - 03:05 AM

I was observing this region in few last nights. I could not see the eye, the region is obscured by a dust storm

 

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Posted 24 November 2020 - 02:38 PM

A month ago I observed it through my 4 ".

 

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