Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2003 23:19:26 -0500

Author: "Matt Lowry"

Subject: Tips for viewing Mars!

Post:

Howdy all,

Tonight I hosted a large gathering at Lake Forest High
School for viewing Mars. It was awesome! At one
point there must've been about 40-50 people assembled
on the school's front lawn with the telescopes (there
were 3 of them).

In any case, some tips for viewing Mars...

1. Use a telescope if you can. Binoculars are nice,
but if you want to see details on the surface, go with
a scope.

2. Try using a large aperture scope. A wider opening
will gather more light which means more details in
your view. I used a 10" diameter aperture this
evening.

3. Use a colored filter to highlight the contrast
between surface features. I used a yellow filter with
good success, and another person used a light blue
filter with similar results, at least to my eye.

Using these criteria, we were able to resolve features
such as the southern polar ice cap and large, darker
swaths of - I believe - the Tharsis highlands. WOW!!!

Happy telescoping!

Cheers,

Matt Lowry
Lake Forest High School
Lake Forest, IL



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I was looking at Mars last night through our 1870s telescope. In
addition seeing the polar ice cap, I saw Martians!

Sam

Matt Lowry wrote:

>Howdy all,
>
>Tonight I hosted a large gathering at Lake Forest High
>School for viewing Mars. It was awesome! At one
>point there must've been about 40-50 people assembled
>on the school's front lawn with the telescopes (there
>were 3 of them).
>
>In any case, some tips for viewing Mars...
>
>1. Use a telescope if you can. Binoculars are nice,
>but if you want to see details on the surface, go with
>a scope.
>
>2. Try using a large aperture scope. A wider opening
>will gather more light which means more details in
>your view. I used a 10" diameter aperture this
>evening.
>
>3. Use a colored filter to highlight the contrast
>between surface features. I used a yellow filter with
>good success, and another person used a light blue
>filter with similar results, at least to my eye.
>
>Using these criteria, we were able to resolve features
>such as the southern polar ice cap and large, darker
>swaths of - I believe - the Tharsis highlands. WOW!!!
>
>Happy telescoping!
>
>Cheers,
>
>Matt Lowry
>Lake Forest High School
>Lake Forest, IL
>
>
>
>
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Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 08:10:14 -0500
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