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    Default First Mars "sketch" 3-20-2012



    Ok, so I don't really sketch as i have a push-to alt-az mount and Mars really flies through the FOV, but I captured what I could in memory and used a photography program to draw what I remembered. It is not very proportional as I believe the polar cap to be somewhat smaller, but I tried to get what i saw the best I could.

    This was a view with my AR127 achromat using a Parks Gold 35mm eyepiece inside a 5x Powermate, inside a 2", 2x Meade teleXtender (in other words, the Parks 35mm was amplified 10x) giving me 240x at the eyepiece. I used a semi-apo on the diagonal.

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    Never having seen Mars in much detail myself, I have no idea how accurate it might be. But the sketch looks nice. Very nice.

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    Thanks Joe. Next year I might get a tracking mount so I can do some real time sketching for more accuracy.
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    beautiful sketch!

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    Thanks! Hoping to do some more sketching on Saturn soon.
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    Very nice sketch! Good job.

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    Thanks! I should have done the sketch from the 6" mak, but I was so impressed that my achro was resolving those details, I just had to share. I constantly hear a 5" F/6.5 achro is not for planetary, but is a widefield, low power instrument. I think it does good at planetary, and of course the lower power widefield is awesome too. Kind of an all around performer with more strengths in widefield, but decent high power views in my opinion.
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    Very nice! Your sketch looks way better than my image of Mars!
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