Re: (IAAC) Obj: Antares/Mars Conjunction - Inst: Visioner 80 mm Short Tube Refractor
The view of Mars and Antares together is a beautiful site. You can easliy see where Antares gets it's name
Antares means " The rival of Mars". Something that it lives up to.
Penny Fischer wrote:
> Observer: Penny Fischer
> Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
> Date/time of observation: September 11th, 9 p.m. EDT
> Location of site: Central NJ USA (Lat 40.30 N, Elev -74.4)
> Site classification: Suburban
> Sky darkness: 4.0 <Telescopic LM>
> Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
> Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
> Instrument: Visioner 80 mm Short Tube Refractor
> Magnification: 25 X
> Filter(s): None
> Object(s): Antares/Mars Conjunction
> Category: Other.
> Class: loose conjunction
> Constellation: Sco
> Data: mag -1.0 size
> Position: RA : DEC :
> Wanted to post on this beautiful but loose conjunction, which is currently visible about 30 degrees altitude in the southwest after dusk.
> Antares is usually a very red star, and one of the reddest stars I can see naked eye. (Also one of my favorites). Next to the ruddy brighter disk of Mars, however, Antares telescopically looks very yellow without much red and the color I can only describe as a washed-out butterscotch. At this time I would say the planet and the star are about 7 or 8 degrees apart. Both fit well under very low power into my field of view, making color observations very easy to ascertain.
> The other thing I wanted to note is that although the objects both are similar in size, it's quite apparent that Mars is disk-shaped while Antares possesses spikes.
> Watch this conjunction as they move closer together in the next week or so.
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