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Double glazed Mars filters

7 Jun 2018, 13:54 UTC
Double glazed Mars filters
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June 4th 03h15m UT x125 Mak90 - Diam: 15.8" (via-Double glazing filters)A few mornings ago I tried my hand at Mars observing... through one of our bedroom windows!Not my first choice of observing methods, but I wanted to see how "bad" Mars could be, as viewed through a "double glazing" filter.Setup of the 90mm Mak was easy and within a minute, via a 10mm eyepiece, I was sailing over Mars, looking at a wonderfully massive south polar cap.The dark band adjacent to the polar cap was easily seen.Mars at the moment has to it a slight gibbous phase, which was easily picked out at x125.It would have made more sense to go outside and view the red planet, but I was half asleep and didn't feel like dragging myself out into the garden. Something which I will remedy over the next month or so. By July I expect to be camped out on some distant hill in Pembrokeshire, unwilling to move until this Mars opposition is over!June 4th 2018 03h15mUTIn conclusion I had a good peep at the South Polar Cap, which will be interesting to observe as it recedes in the now martian summer. Plus some dark banding was ...

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