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Quickie on Mars


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Anyone been observing Mars tonight ?.

I've had a couple of hours on the planet with my 10" newtonian and I think I've had the best views so far this year :p

Despite the shrinking disk diameter the contrast on the features seemed excellent this evening - maybe it's just good seeing around the Somerset area ?.

It's clouded over from the NE now though - but it was good while it lasted :headbang:

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Missed last night John, but observed Mars the previous evening and

a wonderful view of the Syrtis Major, Serpentis, Sabaeus, Meridiani and Oxia Palus.

While the planet is now looking smaller, I was quite amazed by just how much detail was visible with my 6 inch refractor.

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Hi, John, interested to hear what eyepieces and filters proved to be most effective for you.


I don't use filters on the planets. The eyepieces used were a Pentax XW 10mm, Tele Vue Nagler Type 6's (9mm, 7mm and 5mm) and a 7mm Baader Geniune Ortho. Because the seeing seemed good I was able to use the 5mm Nagler quite a lot - it gives 240x in the scope I was using.

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