Mars & Saturn at last!

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mike a feist
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Mars & Saturn at last!

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Friday 6th April 2018; 0420-0455 BST: First clear dawn sky for ages! These two planets were low in the SE so that they could only be seen from the street with its "forest of lights". Gibbous Moon was in the south and Jupiter towards the SW. I used mainly the 8x42 Viking monocular (hand-held) but also the 12-36x50 spotter on a tripod. They were clearly seen later with the unaided eye, although only as a pair of uncoloured stars. However in the instruments, Mars (a bright yellow-orange) below and Saturn ( a dull yellow-white) above, were separated by perhaps 2 degrees (about 1/3rd of Viking FOV), and were roughly in the 1 o'clock - 7 o'clock position. regards maf
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I’ve been waiting to catch this pairing myself, Mike. Well done on seeing them. I missed the opportunity on Friday morning - got up just too late.

Best wishes, Jeff.
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Mars & Saturn again!: 11th April 2018: 0510-0518 BST. Low in the south, ,after the clouds had cleared. Using 8x42 Viking monocular at the garden gate (and in my dressing-gown & slippers! - it was no longer cold!) . The planets were separated by about 2/3rd of fov and in the 2 o'clock - 8 o'clock position and with Mars following Saturn. The following stars of Sagittarius were seen nearby: Below Mars was sigma (fl.34) Nunki and above it the stars omicron (fl.39), xi 2 (fl.37) and pi (fl.41) (The last three being part of the "teaspoon" asterism. regards maf
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Dear Mike,

you seem to have been lucky with the weather. There has been only rain, fog and leaden skies for days here :(

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The weather on the South Coast has not been that much better! The grey persistent skies really depress and crush me...and not only stop one observing but also play havoc with any attempt to use the camera obscura at the Foredown Tower, with week after week, grey, grey, and more grey. We had one warm sunny day but now grey again, but warmer. maf
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