Mars with the new

AR152 Refractor

March 10, 2012

Uploaded 3/13/12

North is up in this image, more info below.
Left: While this was not as favorable approach as previous years, the 13 arc second disk of the Planet Mars showed its best face on this night, the first night out with our new 6" refractor. Seeing was quite good, however visually I was only able to see the polar cap and a dark ring around it. With the DMK31 many more features became visible. Ive made a key to this photo below.
Left: Key to the photo above. There are many more details than I had photographed in other more favorable oppositions. I must be slowly getting better at this!
Processing: 300/1000 best frames, alignment in Registax, Wavelets in Registax, Levels and Contrast Masking In Photoshop CS2,
Instrument: Explore Scientific 152mm f/6.5 with 5x Barlow Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 51AU03.AS Filter: Custom Scientific RGB Exposure: 1/30 sec 15fps Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 4/5, Transparency 7/10 Outside Temperature: 35F