Went out on the roof at 11:30 last night; perfectly clear with just a hint of clouds in the south. Mars was bright orange, you could see the color differences of the stars–Aldebaran and Betelgeuse about the same color as Mars, Sirius and Rigel blue-white. The sword of Orion was naked eye visible. Had the telescope set up and aligned by quarter to 12. It looks like my first exposure was the best. After three or four exposures, the clouds were beginning to advance, and during the last exposure at 12:30, Mars would disappear from the screen. I looked up, and clouds covered the sky.
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