Re: Mars better than ever!
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I got my best look at Mars last night between midnight and 1:30am (that’s MST remember – we don’t do daylight savings time here in Arizona). All this past week I’ve been getting out around 4 am, but Mars is already getting pretty low by then.
So, last night I got my first transit view since September 23rd. The added altitude really makes a difference. I agree with Kent that the unfiltered view is the most pleasing, but I employed the Mars A filter to bring out surface detail, a blue filter to look for cloud features, and a neutral density moon filter to just cut the glare down. A Deep Sky filter also works.
I don’t really have a cache of planet eyepieces – I use a 7mm Ortho on Mars but also use Naglers and Radians (in the 18 -inch). Seeing is seldom (if ever) good enough to obsess over how many glass elements I put in the light path. LOL
From: BackBayAstro@groups.io <BackBayAstro@groups.io> On Behalf Of Ian Stewart
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 6:51 AM
Subject: Re: [BackBayAstro] Mars better than ever!
Hey Kent thanks for sharing your experience with filters. Yes last night was splendid. Mars looked great even without filters - Saturn and Jupiter were not too shabby either.
On 10/6/2020 8:37 AM, Kent Blackwell wrote: