Mars 01/03/12

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Mars 01/03/12

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Guys,

Actually got my first glimpse of Mars with my "new" scope.
First bit of decent weather since I've been home, and had my first chance to get the scope out earlier.

First time I've glimpsed Mars in a 12" scope.
Even using my Hyperion 17mm eye piece (x 70)with no fliter, wow.
Syrtis Major took on a blue colour standing proudly out.
NPC was quite prominent, surrounded by a dark line, Utopia. The desert region Lacus was observed as a brightening south of Syrtis Major.

I also swung over to the moon.
The needle sharp shadows across Plato where amazing. As was the sunlite Vallis Alpines. A first for me was the sharply defined crater immediately south , at the end of Rupes Recta.

Clouds came in, and put play to my night.

TTFN .... Ed
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Post by The Bat »

I had a good look at Mars last night too (it was about all there was to look at as the sky was largely hazy with patchy cloud over 60% of the sky).

The north polar cap was prominent, as was the above mentioned dark region surrounding it. Syrtis Major was just appearing round the limb and I could see some other mottling on the surface.

I found an orange filter helped to increase the contrast a bit. 8)

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Post by astroeddie »

I have 6 planetary filters, just never used any.
Various filters allow views of various specific features. I like light blue, 82A I think. 23A is another good one for Mars and Mercury.
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