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Posts Made By: Jim Phillips

October 18, 2005 02:49 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Dust Storm on Mars

Posted By Jim Phillips

I set the alarm for 3:00 but woke up early and was imaging by 3:00AM.
As soon as I focused in I noticed a bright V-shaped bright yellow area,
a dust storm. Here is an image FYI.

TMB 8" F/9
2X into 3X barlow
3:00 - 3:03 AM EDT (7:00 - 7:03 UT ) Oct 18, 2005
Seeing 7/10
Atk color camera
Registax

Jim Phillips

October 19, 2005 12:42 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Dust Storm Progression

Posted By Jim Phillips

Hello All,
It's about 3:40 AM. I have finished initial imaging of Mars. The dust storm has progressed to an irregular Serpentine Streak.

TMB 8" F/9
2X into 3X Barlow
Seeing 8/10, 8-9/10

Jim Phillips

October 20, 2005 11:03 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Mars this morning

Posted By Jim Phillips

TMB 8" F/9
2X into 3X Barlow
Seeing 8-9/10
2:36 - 2:40 AM EDT (6:36 - 6:40 UT) October 20, 2005
Atik color camera
Registax

Jim Phillips

October 21, 2005 09:12 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Mars this morning

Posted By Jim Phillips

Hello All,
Mars this morning with 3 storm centers. I do not know if theses are remnants of the original dust storm or new. Two bright yellowish ovals above (South of) the location of the original outbreak. The third is in the midlle of Solis Lacus (South Central).

TMB 8" F/9
Seeing 8/10
2X into 3X Barlow.

Jim Phillips

October 21, 2005 03:13 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

All Good Things Must End

Posted By Jim Phillips

Hello Everyone,
I have had the time of my life the past several days following imaging and observing Mars during the
outbreak and expansion of the dust storm. It's what Amateur Astronomy is all about and I have felt like
the Amateur Astronomer I always wanted to be. Great Fun! But, alas, it is cloudy and the rains begin tonight. I expect to be clouded out for several/many nights. Good luck to all of you with clear skies. Here's wishing your clear and steady skies!
I will upload (if it's not too big) a mosaic of Mars images I have made over the past several days beginning with October 14th when there was no evidence of the impending storm.

All the Best,

Jim Phillips

P.S. I'll be back!

October 26, 2005 08:00 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Near Miss Occultation by Mars?

Posted By Jim Phillips

Hello all,
I was playing with my Starry Night Pro to see when might be the best time to try to observe Mars tonight and noted that a star passes very close to the planet (within a diameter) in the early AM. Is there a chance for an occultaion anywhere? Am I just seeing things (very possible)?

Jim Phillips

October 27, 2005 08:51 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Mars. Poor seeing. Ominous storm.

Posted By Jim Phillips

I got out of bed at 2:30 AM to observ/image. The seeing was so poor I was back in bed by 3:30.
The seeing was as bad as I can recall. the image was extremely dificult to focus. The dust storm
appeared to me to be rapidly spreading. Perhaps it was just the poor seeing. I am attaching an image.
It is not very good but does at least suggest the extent of the dust storm. FYI.

TMB 8" F/9
2X into 3X barlow.

Jim Phillips

October 30, 2005 03:24 PM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Mars October 30, 2005

Posted By Jim Phillips

Stayed up almost all night Friday and only had about 15 minutes observing time. Was able to get No images worth keeping! Saturday night I had two nice spells of Good seeing thias is one FYTI.

TMB 10" F/9
2X into 3X Barlow
Atik Color Camera. Registax.

Jim Phillips

November 4, 2005 11:59 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

Mars last night

Posted By Jim Phillips

TMB 8" F/9
3.5X Powermate inserted into 3X Barlow
Atik color camera. registax
Seeing 8/10
10:38- 10:42 EST November 3, 2005
3:38- 3:42 UT November 4, 2005

Jim Phillips

November 6, 2005 07:02 AM Forum: CCD Imaging and Processing/Solar System

First Saturn

Posted By Jim Phillips

Hello All,
It's not that I hate the weatherman, but as I sat under cloudy skies weather.com and Clear Sky Clocks both said the sky at my location was clear! cwy At about 1:00 AM I gave up. I decided to lie down on my couch and hoped I would wake up at about 4:00 AM to check out Saturn. My internal alarm woke me up but I felt pretty rough and did not want to get up. But, I did anyway. Here is my first Saturn FYI.

TMB 8" F/9
2X into 3X Barlow
Seeing 7-8/10

Jim Phillips