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#1 Vilmos93

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 04:59 PM

Hey everyone!
I have just bought my 250/1200 skywatcher. I use a 1.25" 6mm eyepiece to observe the planets. I started with Mars and it is a huge disappointment so far.
My previous telescope was a 70/500 and I saw Mars in the same quality and size. But! Since I am a beginner, I think it is my fault ( I hope so) and maybe you can help me what did I wrong, or what accessory do I need.

Thank you for your replies.

#2 PAdennis812

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 05:10 PM

Well, for one thing, Mars is growing more distant from earth every day.  The most recent closest approach was back in August, 2020.  Mars is now 210 million KMs from earth.

 

I wouldn't blame yourself.  This hobby is challenging enough just considering the weather let alone all the technical aspects.

 

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#3 ravenhawk82

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 05:46 PM

Mars is a tiny target in the sky right now. It gets close about every other year and those are the best times to view it. The rest of the time it's a disappointing red circle. Later in the year Jupiter and Saturn will be back high up in the sky and making for fantastic planetary targets. You'll have a good shot at Mars again in late Fall of 2022 :)



#4 SeattleScott

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 05:47 PM

If you don’t have a collimation tool, you need that.

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#5 sevenofnine

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 06:38 PM

Try your wide eyepiece on the Orion Nebula. It's the really big show tonight jawdrop.gif  The best view of Mars is really a matter of planning and timing. Oh yeah, and plenty of patience. When it all comes together it's pretty impressive but most of the time...meh. Good luck with your new scope! imawake.gif


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#6 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 06:52 PM

Mars was closest to the Earth on October 6th and was at opposition on October 13th. 

 

https://skyandtelesc...ide-is-visible/

 

The Red Planet is now a very tiny 6.6 arc seconds in angular size, a little more than 1/4 of how large it was on October 6th.

 

https://skyandtelesc...de-is-visible/#

 

Even during very favorable oppositions, which happen every 15 to 17 years, Mars can be a tough target.

 

https://earthsky.org...ian-oppositions


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#7 PAdennis812

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Posted 22 February 2021 - 08:07 PM

Mr. Mitsky, I stand corrected!  Good catch.  In my haste I typed in Mars' closest point to the sun.

 

Great to have such a knowledgeable Moderator!  Well done!



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Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:28 AM

Don't beat yourself up on not seeing much on Mars. I consider Mars to be one of the trickiest targets period. It needs to be close to Earth, free of major dust storms and then you MIGHT see some subtle shading in the eyepiece.

I've been frustrated by Mars more times than I can count.

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Posted 23 February 2021 - 09:47 AM

mars is so far away right now that you have nothing to feel bad about...it's literally not you, it's mars :)

 

what you need is to wait for it to come into opposition again.



#10 Vilmos93

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 02:46 PM

Sorry for the late reply!

Thank you for all the answers and encouraging replies!


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