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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:34 pm 
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I had a look at Mars and Jupiter this morning, as I woke to relatively clear skies around 6:15am. By the time I had plotted the stars in the attached field of view, the sky was already beginning to brighten. Using my 8x40, I could see the combined point of light that were Ganymede and Callisto, when viewing Jupiter. The Moon was beginning to settle over in the west, but did make a very nice addition - lighting up the morning scene.

Not quite as cold as I expected it to be this morning, I think the temperature was around 3 degrees Celsius.

Best wishes, Jeff.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:02 am 
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Jeff, that's a very neat grouping you've captured. I love to see your sketches and I wish more people would have a go. They enliven the observing threads no end. Getting out to look and sketch so early in freezing temperatures gets my respect. Kind thoughts, Bob


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:33 am 
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This morning 2nd Feb 2018, 0640-0650; Set out for the papershop with 15x50 mono in pocket and thought to look for MARS (I had not then seen your excellent sketch) and was immediately struck by a similar interesting layout of stars and MARS. The planet was now somewhat closer to the omega stars but still within the triangle consisting of nu, beta and omega 2. regards maf


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:20 pm 
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Bob/Mike, thanks very much. I'd hoped to catch sight of Mars this morning, but there was some cloud cover at the time when I would have been able to observe. However, I did manage to catch some unaided eye views of Jupiter and Mars around 7:00am, as the skies began to clear - both very prominent.

I think Mars would have shifted by about 38 arcminutes from yesterday's view. Fascinating to watch the changing position.

Best wishes, Jeff.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 4:14 pm 
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4th Feb. 2018. Sunday. 0600. Using 15x50 mono, MARS now seen even farther away from the omega stars, nu, beta, the omegas and MARS now not far from being a dented rectangle. maf


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:21 am 
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5th Feb. 0610. Another good view with MARS now making an isosceles triangle with nu and beta. Managed to capture these and JUPITER on my camera too. regards maf


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