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Mars and Neptune
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Author:  Paul Freeman [ Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Mars and Neptune

I managed to locate Neptune last night around 6:00pm through my 80mm short focus 'scope. I was helped by it's close proximity to Mars. This is only the second time I have seen Neptune, the first being some years ago through my societies 12" reflector. I found it rather difficult at first, being blighted by street lights, Christmas house illuminations etc and a non too transparent sky. However, I was somewhat surprised by how faint it actually was although I must admit I didn't have much idea as to how faint mag.7.9 is! Pleased to have seen it though. Did anyone else spot it?

Paul Freeman, North Essex.

Author:  nigeljoslin [ Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Mars and Neptune

Thanks, Paul, I didn't realise it was so well placed. In a line with the Lambda star of Aquarius.

Next time, I shall be looking! I've yet to see Neptune through my telescope. Ta!

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