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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2018 5:25 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
Monday 7th May 2018: In the early hours had a good view in MAK70 (25x), first Jupiter (with 4 moons), then Saturn (could just see that the oval shape had gaps on each side) and then later Mars a "fist " to the west of the Gibbous (almost Last 1/4 Moon). Mars showed now as as a small "pinkish" disc. I attempted to follow Mars in MAK70 into daylight, starting at 0505 BST until 0532 BST, but when fiddling with the focus I lost it! regards maf


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 6:11 am 
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Location: Portslade, Sussex Lat 50deg 51min Long 0deg 13mins West
Tuesday 8th May 2018: More or less repeated Monday's sightings of the morning planets using the MAK70 (at x25). This time I managed to follow MARS from 0455 BST until 0600 BST, Being low down in the sky is an advantage (although probably very annoying for those that use a larger scope wishing to observe details on the disc!) because the planet runs almost horizontally just above the rooftops in the south and keeping track of it using an alt-az tripod is simply a matter of checking every few minutes and slightly panning round and readjusting the altitude slightly. As the sky gets brighter, of course the planet gets fainter until one is liable to overshoot, losing it entirely. Yesterday I fumbled with the focus and lost the planet, today I managed to follow it until 0600 BST and then... I accidentally kicked a tripod-leg and...lost it again. By then the disc was pretty faint and I failed to relocate it. However, by then the Sun was up. regards maf. regards maf


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