At least for this opposition, anyway.
The astronomy forecast wasn't great, but I went outside to check the sky regardless. I'm kind of a Luddite that way; Rather than trust what that little phone screen is telling me, sometimes I take a peek for myself.
I'm glad I did. It was a dark clear sky. Mars was beckoning brightly with steady intensity.
The number one problem was that I didn't plan for an astronomy session. I didn't have the equipment staged and ready to go out the door and I was dead tired from the day's activity. I didn't even get a chance to nap . . .
Tired? That was easily taken care of with a pot of my favorite coffee. This is my preferred astronomy coffee!
|Guatemala Antigua, Astronomer's Choice!|
I dragged the equipment outside in a piecemeal fashion, got the telescope aligned, and focused on Mars!
Five weeks or so post opposition and the volcanoes on Mars haven't ever been so clearly evident in one of my Mars images. I counted four of them. And, I think that I can make out the Valles Marineris system of canyons
|Mars, September 3, 2018 at 0153 UTC|
|Mars, Virtual Planet Atlas Model|