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Dean Johnson

    Telescopically, I got a great look at Mars last night. Not much surface detail, but the N. polar ice cap was as sharp as I've ever seen it. No color aberration and Mars is showing a gibbous phase now that we're pulling ahead of it. I had very steady skies.

    It takes my Celestron G8 a good 10 to 15 minutes to cool down and that is after a cold five minute drive with no heat on in the van. Once it settles in, it does pretty good. No urban "heat island" effects on the Flatin Farm. 😀