ASSA@Home Observing & Imaging Mars

ASSA@Home: Casual Friday is a free flowing live video session where members can get together informally and discuss any aspect of our Astronomy hobby and the night sky. This week, we have two stalwarts of the society discussing the best ways to observe and image the planet Mars.

Joe Grida will present some information about the history of Mars observations, what the best telescope and magnification are to use, whether you should use filters, what features should I look out for, and what the optimum viewing times are. Finally, Joe will answer the question "If I miss this opposition, will I really have to wait a long time for the next one?"

Paul Haese will focus on the equipment and software for imaging the planets and in particular Mars. Paul hopes to have it live outdoors with camera, lighting and recording some data. The idea is to show what Mars will look like in fairly ordinary seeing (it will be low to the horizon and show poor seeing).

Bio: Joe Grida has been observing the sky for over 50 years. He has been a member of ASSA since 1973 and has served continuously on Council since 1974. He has been President a few times, Treasurer, Secretary, Observatories Director, Editor (a few times). He was Chairman of the Observatory Committee which helped establish Stockport Observatory in 1986. Currently holds the position of Technical Information Officer. His extensive astronomical knowledge and experience with public outreach equip him well to answer the inevitable questions from the public about life, the universe and everything! He recently trained staff from the iconic Ghan Train to present sky shows for passengers in the South Australian outback, where the night sky is pitch black. He is a visual deep sky observer, chasing elusive photons from dark skies whenever he can. Which isn’t often enough!

Bio: Paul Haese has been imaging the planets since 2003. Initially using a Toucam colour camera from Phillips which had a maximum speed of 10 frames per second. In 2005 he starting imaging with filters and a monochrome camera; every couple of years upgrading the camera to faster and better cameras. Imaging the planets, Paul has been involved in research programs such as Jupos for the British Astronomical Society and still to this day contributes to those programs when seeing and the weather permits. Over the years Paul has also won several photographic awards with the David Malin Awards and the Royal Observatory Greenwich Astronomy Photographer of the Year for his images of the planets. All this experience gives him a unique understanding of how to image the planets.

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Friday 16 Oct 2020

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM




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