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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:03 am 
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I observed Mars and Saturn at 2:30 am this morning (03-11-2012) with my 5.5" APO.

Mars's Syrtis Major dark marking was distinct, but I could see only a hint of Mars's north polar cap. It may be shrinking as Mars's northern hemisphere approaches its summer solstice.

Saturn was sharp. I could make out three of its moons (Titan, Rhea, and Dione), despite Saturn's angular closeness to a bright Earth moon.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:30 am 
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Wow ,Matthew.You should bring that scope to a star party I would love to look through it. 5.5 APO, It must be a monster. I just got my first refractor (4"APO).I used it for the first time last night and can't believe the quality of the view with this type of telescope .Looks like my 8" Celestron will be collecting dust .

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:55 am 
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The time that I reported in the previous post should be 03:30 am. I forgot that daylight savings time kicked in at 02:00 am.

Bill E.,
The telescope, a TV-140 is acutally quite light (14 lbs.) and compact (F-5). Here is a review of it along with its picture:
http://www.cloudynights.com/item.php?item_id=466
I use it with the mount that I showed at the February meeting.

I bring it to the ASTRA observing events that I attend. However, it would be better to arrange to meet somewhere and look through it together. Contact me if you're interested.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:38 pm 
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Bill:

Congratulations and best of luck with the new scope. What 4" APO did you purchase?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:59 pm 
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Matthew, your scope is light and compact. Do you do imaging.
Next time you go to a star party let me know.

Vic, I got a Explorer Scientific 102mm apo F7, and used it as star party we had the other night for the first time. I was very impressed quality of the view. Now I think I need more powerful eyepieces. I hope all is well with you. You missed a good meeting last week.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:24 pm 
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Bill,
I've never done any photography or tracking with it. I can bring it to the next one, Saturday 03-17 at Ocean County Community College. I could use a hand bringing the equipment from the parking area to the planetarium grounds. Can you be there? Also, I'd be interested is seeing your new scope if you can bring it.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:39 am 
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This morning (03-15-2012) at about 1:15 a.m., I revisited Mars. This time the North Polar Cap could be seen quite clearly, even without a filter. It was much smaller than it was on 02-02-2012. Mars A, Mars B, #12 (yellow) and #56 (light green) flters all helped to make the North Polar Cap more distinct. The Mars B filter was the best.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:39 pm 
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Matthew,I will be there too with my new scope and can help with moving equiptment. I'll see you there.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:20 pm 
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I'll be there.

Not sure what scope I'll bring along but it appears to be an APO night. I'll bring along my little 70mm f/8 Vixen FL.

If anyone needs assistance carrying stuff I'll be there to help.

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Bill, Vic:
Thanks. I see you Saturday at the star party.
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