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Getting the best view of Mars

Here is the equipment you'll need to see details on the Red Planet's surface.
You can get sharp views of Mars with almost any good 3- or 4-inch telescope and a set of high-quality eyepieces. Most veteran planetary observers usually favor refractors over reflectors because they provide the highest image contrast. The next best choice would be a long-focus Newtonian or Cassegrain reflector. To find the best magnification for the Red Planet on a given night, start with a low-power eyepiece and then increase the magnification to roughly 20 to 25 times the telescope's aperture...

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