Venus, Mars and #25875

From: Steve Newcomb (snewcomb@mail2.gcnet.net)
Date: Thu May 09 2002 - 22:27:04 EDT


Friday May 10 I hope to see Globalstar 48  3/4 degree from Venus and Mars at
20.50.50 local time using an 8" reflector at 48X with a 25mm eyepiece which
gives me almost 1 degree field of view. Venus will be 18 degrees above the
horizon and the sun will be 7 degrees below the horizon. Skymap predicted
magnitude 10.4 . Rob Matson has pointed out "The problem with trying to see
satellites near these two is that the phase angle is particularly bad (given
that the pass has to be in the west-northwest)". I can get a 1.4 degree
field of view 30X magnificaton with a 40mm eyepiece. Not sure which eyepiece
to use.
This is my chance for a once in a lifetime sighting of 2 planets and a sat
in same telescopic view. Probability of clear skies, ?.
Lat 39.4697  Lon -79.3393  Alt 2573 ft


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