Observing Mars is a favorite pastime of amateur astronomers who are planetary observers. This week on the Sky-Watcher USA What’s Up? Webcast, the Sky-Watcher team discusses the best ways to observe Mars, including what are the equipment options to do so.
The What’s Up? is a live webcast held every Friday from 10am to 11am Pacific on the Sky-Watcher USA YouTube channel. Each week they discuss new astronomical topic including gear, visual and imaging techniques, interviews and more.
During the webcast Sky-Watcher USA team will discuss observing Mars which will be on its closest approach of the year on Oct. 6, 2020, when the Red Planet will be only 38.6 million miles (62.07 million kilometers) from Earth. The team will talk about different astronomy gear (such as the Sky-Watcher USA Evostar 100mm Refractor shown here) that can be used as well as strategies on when the best time to view Mars.
What’s Up? webcasts are free by tuning into the Sky-Watcher USA YouTube channel. Can’t watch it live? That’s OK, all webcasts can be watched whenever you like by visiting the YouTube channel.
For example, as part of the library of previous What’s Up? Webcasts you will find an episode where they sat down with master optician Michael Lockwood of Lockwood Custom Optics to talk about telescope optics and just how far they can be taken Mike started the company in 2006 to supply quality optics to amateur and professional astronomers, telescope builders, scientists, researchers, and industry. He can provide mirrors up to ~32″ in diameter from high-quality, precision annealed, monolithic borosilicate glass up to 2.1″ in thickness can produce slightly thinner borosilicate mirrors up to just over 40″ in diameter.
So if you are stuck at home looking for something to do or want to learn more about the latest in astronomy equipment, techniques and more then check the What’s Up? webcasts.
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