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    Default Re: Tips for better celestial body observation



    I've seen Mars at favourable oppositions before. This one was very disappointing! Firstly, there was a global dust storm that obscured much of the detail. Secondly, it was low in the sky from the UK and the weather was bad. Thirdly, I had problems with my USB cam.

    I have a 127mm Mak and can sometimes pick up detail on Mars but nothing like the photos I've seen.
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    Here's a few planet snaps I've done over the years with my Maksutov. You can see some details but nothing like the great ones on the telescope box taken with an 11" or 14" 'scope.

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    Default Re: Tips for better celestial body observation

    Hi again Henno, hope you're not sick of ne yet...

    Seems work isn't going to happen today so I've been going through some stuff on the PC I should clean out. And I did find this.... I took this picture with a point-and-shoot camera through the stock 10mm eyepiece that came with my 8" Skywatcher dob. It was taken February 9th 2012 at 1:38 A.M and it was -15C (5F) outside, with some of the best clarity I've ever had here. You can see why I need to go through stuff The black circle is representing the field of view through the eyepiece:

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    This is at 118X magnification, though a single fuzzy shot does not do justice to the detail I saw. But the field of view and the apparent size of Mars shown here are what I could see. Also too, this was an exceptionally clear night, though the almost full Moon was interfering a bit once it rose.

    OK, I'll leave you be now... All the best,

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    Thanks Mark! one picture is truly worth a thousand words! Bill

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    Default Re: Tips for better celestial body observation

    FatKitty don't worry, I appreciate the advice and opinions! Maybe I'm being optimistic but I'm outside every night trying to look at stuff, even if it's cloudy I'm trying to view stars in the breaks. Bought a stargazing book which I'm studying under red torch!
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    Default Re: Tips for better celestial body observation

    Quote Originally Posted by Henno196 View Post
    FatKitty don't worry, I appreciate the advice and opinions! Maybe I'm being optimistic but I'm outside every night trying to look at stuff, even if it's cloudy I'm trying to view stars in the breaks. Bought a stargazing book which I'm studying under red torch!
    I hope your stargazing book was one of mine!!
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