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08-27-2010, 07:52 PM   #1
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Pictures of Mars tonight

Ok, this isn't necessarily a lens question but not sure where to post it and haven't seen anything posted about it. Mars will be the closest to Earth it has been or will be for approximately 60,000 years or something ridiculous (that's the rumor anyway).

I know some of you are into astrophotography and would love to see some pictures of this. By the way it is very easy to see tonight and I believe it's best viewing time will be around 3am CST in the U.S. Looking forward to see what some of you come up with.


I just saw another story saying this was a hoax so use your own judgement.

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08-27-2010, 08:37 PM   #2
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I remember Mars back in 2003, when I worked night crew. It was a bright orangy-red dot in the sky. If I didn't know that it was Mars, I would have thought it was a star. If I mounted my longest lens onto my K7 (1000 mm), it would still be a dot. A larger dot, sure, but I doubt I'd be able to make out any features in the photo.

If Mars was a big as the full moon, I'd think there would be some serious, serious problems with this planet.
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It's a prank that a few people have is what it should look like;

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08-27-2010, 09:49 PM   #4
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according to the hoax e-mail mars "will appear to be as large as the moon in the sky".

Anyone with at least some schooling in astronomy would know that if Mars was THAT close to us the gravity would likely turn this planet into a complete wasteland.

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Is that why that mattress was stuck to my back this morning?,
could'nt even get through door

Pretty good site here too, might of seen, space station,satellite locator from nasa
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08-28-2010, 06:51 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by BillM Quote
Is that why that mattress was stuck to my back this morning?,
could'nt even get through door
Probably so. I wasn't expecting anything spectacular of this (Mars as big as the moon or any other crazy claims). Was just wondering if Mars was actually close enough to render a decent photo, although that's still some serious telephoto.
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MC, I tried with my 500mm lens, and all I got was a larger dot. I didn't bother getting out the tripod and 2x tc, because there was no way it would get me close enough for a good shot.
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About 12 or so years ago mars was rather close to our planet. A local (by that I mean 2 hours away) observatory had a special event where you could look through their telescope and see Mars... the closest I was told it would be in our lifetime.

This telescope, if it fell on your house, would destroy everything. When I looked through the telescope mars was about the size of a basketball at arms length.

It was a very cool experience, don't get me wrong... but no camera could get a good picture of mars, unless it was a specialty sized format, attached to a 5 story building, and ideally, floating in orbit .

But as a massive science nerd, I'm very happy that NASA shares...

Images of Mars and All Available Satellites

they have an absurd number of photos

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Hi MC, did get that thing unstuck this morning, went out, by naked eye was spectacular,
do seriously wonder if perhaps tidal activity is affected
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annual hoax
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Yep, I got this email last year. Hoax then, hoax now.

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