Mars Just Past Opposition (15" dia.)

December 22, 2007

Uploaded 12/26/07

South is up in this image, more info below.

 This is my best shot the planet centered on Syrtis Major yet. My previous effort, was not even close due to a continual battle with extremely bad seeing. For this evening, the seeing was about 5 arc seconds FWHM, still not great, but allowed me more details to be discerned on the disk. Also, this is with my new USB DMK camera which is a huge step up in image quality from the older web cams.

Processing: 300/1000 best frames, alignment in Registax, Wavelets in PixInsight Pro, Levels and Contrast adjustments In Photoshop CS3.

Instrument: 12.5" f/5 with 5x powermate Barlow Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 31AU03.AS Filters: Hoya R72 + CS RGB Exposure: 1/15 - 1/30 sec 15fps Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing Average, Transparency 8/10 Outside Temperature: 32F