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Mars & Observing the Red Planet

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I'm really looking forward to the larger Mars this coming opposition.  My big goal will be to obtain a definite view of Nix Olympus.

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Just discovered this excellent resource, thanks!  Intriguing the remarks about doing sketching.  I do sketches of landscapes here on earth and it is very true that it helps you to see more, but I hadn't extended that thinking to astronomy. Anyway, I am a beginning astrophotographer. I attach an image of my work in progress for this year, tracking the approach of Mars to opposition.  I have tried to get the images to scale. (Done with 8SE and Neximage 5 plus 2X Barlow;  except for 19 Mar with ZWO120MM plus 2X Barlow). Hope I get clear nights in early June!

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On 4/2/2016 at 07:34, Lacaille said:

Just discovered this excellent resource, thanks!  Intriguing the remarks about doing sketching.  I do sketches of landscapes here on earth and it is very true that it helps you to see more, but I hadn't extended that thinking to astronomy. Anyway, I am a beginning astrophotographer. I attach an image of my work in progress for this year, tracking the approach of Mars to opposition.  I have tried to get the images to scale. (Done with 8SE and Neximage 5 plus 2X Barlow;  except for 19 Mar with ZWO120MM plus 2X Barlow). Hope I get clear nights in early June!

 

Great images! You guys down under have the best of mars at the moment, It's barely crawling above the horizon here. 

I'm a big fan of sketching too! I think it really helps you to learn to "look" critically and discern detail that isn't always obvious at first glance. This was drawn last night through a 7" refractor. some atmospheric dispersion due to low elevation but most notably, mars looks upside down compared from what I'm used to from living in Australia. 

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Wow !!! :shocked:

Put a quality 4" scope in the hands of a skilled observer and look what happens !!! :icon_biggrin:

 

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Ecellent guide and read... I'm looking forward to next years Mars Opposition... I think it'll be the biggest we're likely to see in our lifetimes.

 

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Speaking on Mars, has the dust storm disappeared? Three days ago I couldn't see almost nothing on the surface of the planet. ☹️

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37 minutes ago, JPAG said:

Speaking on Mars, has the dust storm disappeared? Three days ago I couldn't see almost nothing on the surface of the planet. ☹️

Nope - the disk is still rather featureless. Occasionally you might pick out vague suggestions of dark or light areas but the storm is still having a significant impact.

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