Mars' closest approach in thousands of years, thousands of hours have been spent
by astronomers trying to get detailed images of our near neighbor. Most of those
astronomers have done a better job of imaging than I have, but here is my best
to date. Captured from my light-polluted front yard in San Rafael, California.
The southern polar ice cap is obvious at the lower right but no other detail is apparent.
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Meade 8 inch LX200 scope at
f/40 with Philips ToUcam Pro
PCVC 740K camera at
prime focus. TeleVue 4x Powermate Barlow.
1/100 sec exposures;
182 frames, 640x480 pixel, AVI sequence over approximately
The AVI sequence was
opened in RegiStax and the automatic alignment, optimization,
operations allowed to run to completion. The BMP final image was brought
MaxIm DL and
split into R, G, and B components. The three frames were aligned and
and brought into
Photoshop for final adjustment and conversion to JPEG.
||Len Nelson and I captured this image from Sonoma,
California on 17 August at 11:25 PM local time. The equipment was the 12.5
inch RC, with the 4x Powermate, for f/36. Other parameters were as given
in the above table. South is to the right in this image. The dark spot at
7 o'clock is probably an artifact. The seeing was
better than on the 15th, but clouds came in 30 minutes later and
completely occluded the sky.
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