RE: (IAAC) Obj: Antares/Mars Conjunction - Inst: Visioner 80 mm Short Tube Refractor
Now that I think of it, this would be a great one to photograph!
Hope you all check it out with binocs or naked eye. It's a good contrast.
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> Subject: Re: (IAAC) Obj: Antares/Mars Conjunction - Inst: Visioner 80 mm
> Short Tube Refractor
> G'Day Everyone
> The view of Mars and Antares together is a beautiful site. You
> can easliy see where Antares gets it's name
> Antares means " The rival of Mars". Something that it lives up to.
> Clear skies
> Andrew Murrell
> Penny Fischer wrote:
> > ----
> > Observer: Penny Fischer
> > Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
> > Date/time of observation: September 11th, 9 p.m. EDT
> > Location of site: Central NJ USA (Lat 40.30 N, Elev -74.4)
> > Site classification: Suburban
> > Sky darkness: 4.0 <Telescopic LM>
> > Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
> > Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
> > Instrument: Visioner 80 mm Short Tube Refractor
> > Magnification: 25 X
> > Filter(s): None
> > Object(s): Antares/Mars Conjunction
> > Category: Other.
> > Class: loose conjunction
> > Constellation: Sco
> > Data: mag -1.0 size
> > Position: RA : DEC :
> > Description:
> > Wanted to post on this beautiful but loose conjunction, which
> is currently visible about 30 degrees altitude in the southwest
> after dusk.
> > Antares is usually a very red star, and one of the reddest
> stars I can see naked eye. (Also one of my favorites). Next to
> the ruddy brighter disk of Mars, however, Antares telescopically
> looks very yellow without much red and the color I can only
> describe as a washed-out butterscotch. At this time I would say
> the planet and the star are about 7 or 8 degrees apart. Both fit
> well under very low power into my field of view, making color
> observations very easy to ascertain.
> > The other thing I wanted to note is that although the objects
> both are similar in size, it's quite apparent that Mars is
> disk-shaped while Antares possesses spikes.
> > Watch this conjunction as they move closer together in the next
> week or so.
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