I started bringing the equipment outside around 8pm and I was stunned by what I saw in the sky.
|SkySafari Screen Capture - Four Planets Hanging in the Sky|
Four planets were hanging brightly in the Southern sky. From left to right, Glorious Red Mars, Brilliant Yellow Saturn, Regal White Jupiter, and Beacon Bright Venus.
I pointed the telescope at each of them and spent some observation time on each.
But, it was Mars from which I captured images.
This image was teased out of a six minute video, tens of thousands of frames, via AutoStakkert!3 and RegiStax 6.
|Mars, August 25th, 2018 at 0212 UTC|
The Virtual Planet Atlas model predicts this for Mars on last night's observation date and time.
|Mars, The Virtual Planet Atlas|
Next week? More more Mars, clouds willing. I expect to be keeping an eye on Mars as it recedes from us until it is just a featureless tiny red dot.