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#26 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 14 July 2021 - 03:41 AM

I took this shot a few minutes later.

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Posted 14 July 2021 - 10:37 AM

It seems that many were struggling with clouds for the conjunction. Here in Colorado not only have the clouds from our July Monsoon weather pattern been playing havoc with visibility, but the smoke plumes from the western wildfires have added insult to injury.  Here is a photo of the conjunction from the 12th with Mars being barely able to penetrate the smoke in the early twilight.  I was hoping for better conditions on the 13th but it was a total washout.

 

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Posted 14 July 2021 - 11:07 AM

I got to see this conjunction for the second evening in a row with the 3” Tak DCU.  Used the C5 the previous night.  But sky conditions weren’t as good as the previous evening with more smoke and a few clouds along the western horizon.  Used the 10 mm and 7mm XW eyepieces.  But still a nice view.

 

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Posted 14 July 2021 - 11:16 AM

I managed to get both in the FOV at 50x magnification in my 120 refractor, but only for about 20 minutes as by the time it got dark enough both planets just barely cleared the roof of my garage.  Considering I was looking low on the horizon right over a hot roof, the view wasn't that bad.

 

Mars is so far away I was unable to detect it naked eye before it dropped too low for me to see at all.


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Posted 14 July 2021 - 12:33 PM

I managed to get both in the FOV at 50x magnification in my 120 refractor, but only for about 20 minutes as by the time it got dark enough both planets just barely cleared the roof of my garage.  Considering I was looking low on the horizon right over a hot roof, the view wasn't that bad.

 

Mars is so far away I was unable to detect it naked eye before it dropped too low for me to see at all.

I was able to just barely detect Mars naked-eye on the evening of Sunday the 11th, shortly after 9pm... right after I took the photo in post #13. The subsequent evenings have all been clear... but a bit hazier than Sunday... and I wasn't able to see it naked-eye on any of those evenings.


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Posted 14 July 2021 - 02:52 PM

Smoke got me last night all the way up to 6,000 feet, but tonight I was able to catch the pair in the backyard.  Nice little pair at 49x in the AT72EDII.   

Same here with a small scope last night.



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Posted 14 July 2021 - 04:34 PM

I forgot to mention that there's an article on the conjunction on pages 50 and 51 of the July issue of Astronomy.



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Posted 15 July 2021 - 12:57 PM

So, last night I was able to get out with my Meade Infinity (ST80 clone) about an hour earlier than on the 13th.  Didn't have the energy to set up one of my 4" Taks, but given how low these planets are on my horizon in the twilight right after sunset, I am not sure the views would have been that much better in a Tak.

 

Venus and Mars were about twice as far apart as on the 13th, but still within about 1 degree of each other and the 16mm Nagler, gave a field of view of a little over three degrees, so the Venus and Mars pair were nicely framed and at low power, the colors of both were correct, with a very white and bright Venus and a dimmer but still very bright ruddy Mars.

 

I don't have a cell phone holder but I was still able to snap a decent cell phone photo through the eyepiece.  The ruddy color of Mars shows up better on the full resolution image, but it somewhat lost when reducing file size to post here.  The line in the photo is a local power line that is about 300 feet from my back deck and down hill, which shows how low these planets are on the horizon.

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 01:53 PM

Mars will be about 1.5 degrees to the lower right of Venus tonight at 1:15 UT.

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Posted 15 July 2021 - 01:56 PM

I was at a location with a very good western view last night.  Unfortunately, clouds moved in and I was only able to observe Venus briefly using Canon IS 15x50s and my 80mm f/5 Orion ShortTube 80 achromat.  I was not able to see Mars, however.



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Posted 16 July 2021 - 06:11 PM

Mars will be about 2.0 degrees to the lower right of Venus tonight at 1:15 UT.



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Posted 16 July 2021 - 06:11 PM

Mars will be about 2.0 degrees to the lower right of Venus tonight at 1:15 UT.

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