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Erik
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Posted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 12:39 am
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Wow, I haven’t seen Mars this impressive since 2006. What’s odd though is I’m not seeing the polar ice caps, just lots of surface detail (canals anyone? :lol:)

Very impressive though. Anyone else getting amazing views of the red planet during this close approach?

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Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:08 pm
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Sounds great, Erik! Glad you are getting some awesome views. I am trying patiently, weekly. Hoping to make the most of my 10" newt and binoviewer combo for the approach this season. That setup is a planet killer for sure, but I need skies that are better than Pickering 1. LOL

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You should do some Mars sketches! I'd love to see what I'm missing.

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Erik
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Posted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:10 am
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Jason,
I wish I had the patience for sketching. I did take this terrible photo of Mars the other night though. :lol:

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Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:01 am
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My rather poor sketch of Mars from Nov 8

After several years of observing from work (at a local University) I am forced to observe from home...my last remaining telescope is perfect for planets (76.2mm x 1200mm Refractor) and has not disappointed on Mars (now if the sky would only behave so well....)

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Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 7:30 pm
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Rath, it's great to hear from you. Not a poor sketch at all, especially for 100x! Mars has been exciting to see for sure.

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Posted: Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:58 am
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I think of it as poor because its a tiny free-hand sketch...I hadn't dug out my sketching gear at the time so didn't have a circle template with me :D

It's good to be back to observing outside my front door and rediscovering the places I used to go online for astronomy :)

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Posted: Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:55 pm
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Nice work, Rath. Looks like a nice amount of detail you were seeing. It’s been a nice time for Mars!

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Posted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:16 am
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Thanks

Seeing was really good when I did that sketch...in typical New England fashion seeing has been terrible since then. (And the best night this past week I was to busy with real world stuff to get setup :cry: )

I had some time before I had to teach on Tuesday night so I set up the scope on the Moon and then Mars
I now have the eyepieces to push past 100x but 133x is the best I could do and get a stable image. :roll:

It was also cold and my fingers got to cold to sketch outside..so here's a thumbnail I sketch I did when I got inside and defrosted my fingers
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My thumbnail sketches are looking like Christian Huygen's Mars sketches I've seen :grin:

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Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:46 pm
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Cool! Yeah, I can relate about the seeing. We have amazingly dark skies here in Hawaii but sometimes viewing planets at high magnification is tough. DSO’s are great, of course, but planetary viewing was actually much better when I lived in California. Oftentimes, we have too many upper level winds in Hawaii for great planetary observing. I’ve gotten a few good nights with Mars but normally I can’t get past around 150x without the image softening.

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