Last updated: 4 October 2003
Subject: Viewing Mars on ETX-90 UHTC Sent: Wednesday, October 1, 2003 14:03:26 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (John Banks) Firstly i must congratulate you on an excelent site. Before i found your site i was stuck in a rutt when it came to finding any information on the telescope but now you have completely renewed my interest. I have been viewing mars for the last month and would just like to report what ive seen. Im running on the meade deluxe tripod and have the large set that meade supplied for such a low price. I live in northern ireland, a long way away from the nearest city (Belfast) so viewing conditions are exelent when its not raining.... I hadn't expected nearly as much as i did when viewing mars. As far as i knew i thought i would see simply a round red disk with no visible detail but nothing was further from the truth. The south polar ice cap is so visible its impossible not to notice it, and clearly sticks out from the rest of the planet. I can see the dark areas of the maria and can just about make out the shape of it. Now even a month after the closest oposition i am still drawn to looking at mars and still shows splendid detail, people shouldn't just give up if they missed it at the end of August. I have even tried taking picutres with a fufi mx 2700 with some rather odd results. Thanks for the great site John Banks
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