Viewing Mars

Joined Oct 13, 2001
The fourth planet from the sun and our neighbor is Mars . Named for the Roman god of war because of its red color ( blood ). It shall be the closest to Earth than it has been for over 70 thousand years at the end of August . To my cheftalk friends if you are interested please take a look at it during this time period .
If you do not own a telescope just contact a local astronomy club and find out when they are going to have a public star party so that you can wittness this event through some of there scopes .
I know a lot of you think that a picture on the web or the local news is good enough but remember that a plate of food looks good in a picture but you cant realy feel its presence . There is nothing like seeing the wonders of our universe through an eyepiece here and now . Clear skies my friends , Doug...........


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Joined Oct 7, 2001
I've been watching Mars grow over the past few months. It has been fun to watch, though I don't see much detail with my puny, little 4.5" reflector. I can make out the ice cap at the pole if the atmosphere is steady and I can bump up the power.


Joined Jun 15, 2003
Sounds great guys, I am into astromony big time, just do not have a setup at this time!:(

Comets are my fav, I also remember watching a meteor shower back in 95 or so, in the backyard laying in the grass, simply bewildering! These events should be witnessed live, media aftershock just doesn't cut the beef wellington.

Joined Oct 13, 2001
Orsen , is that you again my dearie . How many times must you be told not to play with the radio ?:D :D
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