Friday morning from just after midnight 'till dawn looked good, however.
So, I thwarted the forecast by taking yet another unplanned vacation day from work. I had the equipment out and set up by 0130 and stayed out long enough to greet the sunrise.
Afterward, I had a good long post-astronomy nap.
The moon was brightly shining, meaning that deep space objects (DSO) were washed out by the skyglow.
So, what did I do while waiting for Mars to rise, this time?
Played with the newly constructed Mars Mobile Observatory, of course!
|Mars Mobile Observatory, Aka CubCadet Lawn Tractor with the Grab-n-Go Scope|
Well, okay. As much fun as it might have been to zoom around the yard in the wee hours of the morning with the Grab-n-Go scope strapped to the lawn tractor, I left the neighborhood to its sleepy slumber and kept the tractor nestled quietly in its corner of the garage.
While waiting for Mars, I actually played with the equipment and prepared for the next blog post, tentatively titled, "Focus on Mars."
Newest image of Mars ahead!
I captured seven videos of Mars in SER format, with the first at 0230, and the last at 0459. I hoped to catch a time when the column of air between me and Mars was most stable.
I post processed each afterwards with AutoSakkert!3 and RegiStax. It turns out that the 0452 capture of Mars had the highest quality data.
This is the resultant image:
|Mars, May 25th, 2018 at 0452|
And the Virtual Planets Atlas predicted:
Mars is showing more and more detail.
We are racing towards Mars. Only two more months until opposition.