Monday, 12 May 2014
Moon, Mars and Saturn through and above the trees
Plus at the other end of the garden a brilliant shining Saturn was winking at me from amongst the naked ash trees.
Definitely time to drag out the Schmidt.
I set up outside the front door, the street lights had all gone out, and the neighbour's lights all switched off...perfect for a spot of observing.
The north polar cap of Mars stood out well, plus a few dark markings. There seemed to be a hint of south polar cap, though this was probably haze or cloud.
The Moon was gibbous and very bright, almost sunglasses bright as viewed through the 25mm Kellner eyepiece (x50).
I can highly recommend wearing sunglasses for telescopically observing the bright Moon, and cheaper than a moon filter!
Saturn looked amazing tonight (x220), through the gaps in the trees I could easily detect some surface banding, with a hint of colour (brownish to my eyes). The Cassini Division was noted, but not very distinct.
Tonight was one of the best nights this year for actual observing comfort. I was sitting outside in jeans and t-shirt, I don't often get to say that from where I live...
Fingers crossed for the warmer months ahead.
Clear "Warm" Skies