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MARS Star Party 2018-08-11

Monmouth Astronomical Research Society (MARS) held a star party on Friday 10th/Saturday 11th. We were very lucky that a ridge of high pressure, between two wet and cloudy fronts, passed through that night. The seeing was excellent and, after midnight, there was a marked increase in the number of meteors, approaching two per minute. This picture shows my 200P Newtonian (right) and 102mm f/4.5 ED refractor (left).

 

The Milky Way can be seen descending the sky and Mars is the bright 'star' near the horizon, centre. Unfortunately, the bright lower sky is due to light pollution from Cardiff and Newport.

 

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Taken on August 11, 2018