It was still oppressively warm and humid when I brought the telescope outside. I was thankful when the cooler air finally made it over the top of the hill upon which our house sits. It did bring a light layer of fog along with it, coating everything with dew. Whoever would have thought that astronomy gear needs to be waterproof!? 🙂
With my handy Celestron Zoom and Shorty Barlow, I did some visual observing of Mars. I do have better eyepieces, but the Zoom is so easy to use; Just rotate it left or right to dial the magnification that the seeing supports!
|Celestron Zoom, Orion Shorty Barlow, and cat fur.|
Yep. The dust storm was still raging. Marvin the Martian is going to have quite the mess to clean up when things calm down. I hope he remembers to sweep the solar panels of the Opportunity rover.
After taking in all of the visual beauty, I put the imager at prime focus and again captured many tens of thousands of video frames.
This was one of the resultant images, courtesy of AutoStakkert!3 and RegiStax 6.
|Dusty Mars, July 3rd 2018 at 0256.|
The Virtual Planet Atlas shows this as what should have been visible.
|Virtual Planet Atlas for July 3rd, 2018.|