Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Mars and globular cluster M22 (28 Feb - 1 March, 2020)
Mars is currently near the "teapot" of Sagittarius, ravelling past the lid towards the Handle. During this time it travels though some binocular rich fields, in particular being within binocular range of the bright, magnitude 5.2 Globular cluster M22 from the 26th February to 3 March.
Between 28 February to 1 March Mars is within wide field telescopic eyepiece views of M22, and on the 29th, Mars and M22 are at their closest. The 29th is Saturday so you can go back for a sleep-in after.
This is a good opportunity for astrophotography. The Moon is in the evening sky and Mars and M22 are high before astronomical twilight, when the sky is fully dark. However, bright Mars may wash out M22 so a bit of fine tuning mat be required, and practising shots between 28 February to 1 March may help getting exposures right.
Labels: astrophotography, binocular, cluster, Mars, telescope
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