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Mars @ 92x

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Ioannis, Nov 15, 2005.

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  1. Ioannis

    Ioannis Guest

    I pulled out my Tasco with my good Apogee EP and assembled them just for
    quick look at Mars. The Athenian night sky was quite crisp and chilly
    tonight, so I was rewarded. There are definitely some shadows present at
    92x.

    I was able to discern a very dim, large point-like shadow near the meridian,
    today, 15/11/[email protected]:35pm, pointing upwards and was wondering if this was
    Marina Syrtis.

    Does anyone know if Cartes du Ciel shows Mars' faces correctly? I just
    checked and it shows M. Syrtis being exactly in the middle of the disk.

    Thanks,
     
  2. Ioannis

    Ioannis Guest

    Whoooops!! Wrong newsgroup!

    Sorry.
     
  3. But very interesting! I also use Cartes du Ciel :)
     
  4. Ioannis

    Ioannis Guest

    A fantastic program. Btw, captain Picard didn't make a trip to Mars. Marina
    Sirtis was the name of a Star Trek actor. The Mars features I was talking
    about should be "Syrtis Major" and "Sinus Meridiani".

    For those into astronomy and space, check this program out:

    http://www.shatters.net/celestia/

    This has got to be the greatest achievement in computer programming so far,
    imo.

    Sorry for the off-topic post.
     
  5. TKM

    TKM Guest

    I hope that you both know about www.darksky.org Lots of lighting-related
    information. The IDA is a strong promoters of high-quality outdoor lighting
    that helps to keep your skies dark for good viewing.

    Terry McGowan
     
  6. Ioannis

    Ioannis Guest

    [snip]
    I don't know about Vic, but yes, this author is very concerned about light
    pollution. I am also into amateur astronomy and the situation in Athens has
    gotten to be totally disgusting.

    It appears as though most new stores that open up here, seem to think that
    illuminating their window displays with 5-6 400 Watt Metal Halide luminaires
    will somehow increase business.

    As a result, yesterday when I was looking at the night sky, I could see only
    the Moon and Mars. Horrible.
     
  7. [snip]

    Terry - how could you think I did not :) That is one reason
    why I still live up here. We don't have any streetlights and
    the sky is dark in three directions. Unfortunately there is
    civilization to our south, but I can drive further north or
    even south beyond the city to get dark sky views. The Dark
    Sky Finder at www.darksky.org is really interesting. The big
    round patch of dark sky centered about 44.3 deg north and
    74.5 deg west is the Adirondack Park, just about 2 hours
    drive from my house,, and seems to be the largest area of
    dark sky in the northeastern US.

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    Vic Roberts
    http://www.RobertsResearchInc.com
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