Mars

Observed:  Points: 100

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as of 12/15/2018 3:03 a.m.

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General Info

as of 12/15/2018 3:03 a.m.

TypePlanet
Constellation Aquarius
Magnitude0.22
OrbitsSun
Right ascension23:19:31.75 (Hours)
Declination-5:08:33.7 (Deg)
% illuminated86.465
Distance from Earth1.12145AU
Distance from Sun1.43437AU
Elongation85:36:20.2
Mass0.107 ⊕

The red planet

☉ Solar Masses ⊕ Earth Masses j Jupiter Masses

Mars

Naked eye
100 points

Up early to go to the Edward Tufte course and saw Mercury, Venus, Mars Saturn and Jupiter all in the sky at once. Fantastic!

Mars

Celestron Omni XLT 150
0 points

No detail at 200x but un unmistakeable red/orange disk.

Mars

Celestron 127eq
100 points

Finally hauled myself out of bed early enough to go check out the two planets I hadn't seen through my telescope: Mars and Mercury. Mars was a gorgeous rust-colored ball, it's two moons clearly visible.

Mars

Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 Binoculars
100 points

I couldn't get up early enough to get out my telescope but it was still an amazing site to see red/orange Mars, Jupiter and bright Venus so close to each other!

Generate a finder chart

The following form will generate a PDF finder chart suitable for printing using to locate objects in the sky with your telescope!

The Date is only really useful for solar system objects, as deep space objects move measurably only on a galactic timescale.

The larger the F.O.V (field of view), the more "zoomed out" the object will appear. It can be helpful to print several charts of the same object with different field of views.

Limiting the magnitude (remember, lower magnitude means brighter!) of stars and objects can make sure your chart is not cluttered with dim objects that you may not be visible to you anyway. The defaults are good, but try experimenting with raising and lowering the values.

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