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#1 GSBass

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 01:05 PM

Planning for mars opposition 2022, unfortunately it’s going to be much much smaller this time around but will still be cool…. Makes me feel fortunate 2020 was good but feel bad I didn’t realize how good it was or would have made a bigger effort

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 01:06 PM

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 01:07 PM

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 01:33 PM

Keep in mind that one of the best parts of the 2022 opposition for us in the northern hemisphere is the elevation. Here in AZ I will see Mars at 80+ degree elevation.


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 01:39 PM

That will certainly help, perhaps enough to make captures as good

Keep in mind that one of the best parts of the 2022 opposition for us in the northern hemisphere is the elevation. Here in AZ I will see Mars at 80+ degree elevation.



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Posted 22 October 2021 - 05:12 PM

Keep in mind that one of the best parts of the 2022 opposition for us in the northern hemisphere is the elevation. Here in AZ I will see Mars at 80+ degree elevation.

...if that were all of the ingredients Paul then it really is looking rosy for you folks & bad for us...but in 2018 with Mars at its largest in some time (& high for us) the huge dust storm created a lot of problems...whilst in 2020 with Mars at 48° we had our best apparition yet! grin.gif

 

Of course the odds are that you'll have the widest grin next year but we're not discounting Mars scraping along at 30° however...first task is to stay breathing & moving of course lol.gif ...but even if we're nothing but optimists we'll be out there trying!


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 05:52 PM

...if that were all of the ingredients Paul then it really is looking rosy for you folks & bad for us...but in 2018 with Mars at its largest in some time (& high for us) the huge dust storm created a lot of problems...whilst in 2020 with Mars at 48° we had our best apparition yet! grin.gif

 

Of course the odds are that you'll have the widest grin next year but we're not discounting Mars scraping along at 30° however...first task is to stay breathing & moving of course lol.gif ...but even if we're nothing but optimists we'll be out there trying!

We've all been living with Jupiter down in the weeds so it's about time we got some higher elevation oppositions for a chance.  Unfortunately by the time Saturn get's the a decent elevation the rings will be close to edge on (if my luck is any indication.)  Planet shadows though perhaps.  It will be awhile before we have a nice large Mars to view.  Hope I'm still ambulatory when the time comes.


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Posted 22 October 2021 - 08:26 PM

Saturn shadow transits are great...Titan's shadow on Saturn is one of our early images - using a 6" achromat! lol.gif

 

Here's Saturn & Titan with Titan's shadow on Saturn's disk in the little image in the bottom right! wink.gif

 

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Posted 23 October 2021 - 06:16 PM

I don’t expect Mars in 2022 at 85 degrees and 17.0 arc-seconds to exceed Mars in 2020 at 66 degrees and 22.6 arc-seconds, but I am looking forward to the partial occultation we see here by the Moon just a couple hours before opposition!
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Posted 23 October 2021 - 07:50 PM

Ethan's point is valid for you Northerners to a fair extent...Mars will only be about 57% of the size next year compared to 2020!

 

But we wish everyone well! :)


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Posted 23 October 2021 - 09:48 PM

I also agree with Ethan, but you never know what surprises Mars will have for us. I still need to find a way to attach rt angle finding to the Mewlon. This body just can't get into the positions to find Mars at 75+ degrees elevation...mad.gifmad.gifmad.gif


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Posted 24 October 2021 - 06:52 AM

I read in another thread yesterday a suggestion about putting a small planetary camera on the finder scope. I’ll be trying this out soon as I have an old eyepiece camera that will be perfect for the job.


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