Mars 2016

These images were taken with a C14 XLT on an AP900GTO mount.  I used a Celestron Skyris  Prototype  USB 3.0 camera.  A Starlight Xpress USB  filter wheel was used to produce an RGB image.  I used an Astrophysics Advanced Barcon (starting April 23) working at 3X.    To capture I used  FireCapture 2.5.  For processing, I use AutoStakkert and  Registax V5 .

Links to Mars Images and Info: Past Images of Mars
ALPO Archives 2003 2010
Japan ALPO Mars Latest 2005 2012
  2007 2014

May 16, 2016

Just came back from the Juno Amateur Conference in Nice, France.  I will be travelling to give a Planetary Imaging workshop at the Canadian Astrophotography school today.  Seeing and transparency was variable.  Those who will be attending my class will have an opportunity to play with the raw data of these images!

The Solar System's largest volcano, Olympus Mons can be seen close to the center of Mars.  The Tharsis volcanoes: Arsia Mons, Pavonis Mons and Ascraeus Mons can be seen lining up on the lower right of Olympus Mons.  Solis Lacus can be seen setting on the lower right.  Mare Sirenum is on the south.


May 2, 2016

Seeing was good this evening.  Though I had to deal with clouds.

Mare Cimmeriums is at the CM.  Note the two finger like extensions on Mare Cimmerium.  The Curiosity Rover is currently on the Gale Crater which is on  tip of the right extension.   There are bright clouds over Elysium Mons a huge volcano in Mars.  Syrtis Major is rising on the left.


April 30, 2016

Seeing was variable today.  

Syrtis Major is close to the CM.   Note the bright clouds on the Hellas basin on the south.   On the west, there are clouds over Elysium.

April 23, 2016

Seeing was variable this morning.  But I finally got some decent Mars images. 

The Chryse region is rising on the left.  Sinus Sabeaus and Sinus Meridiani can be seen on the center right.  Syrtis Major can be seen on the western edge of the first image with the famed Syrtis blue cloud.


April 2, 2016

Seeing and transparency was variable today.

Mare Cimmerium is rising on the left.   Sinus Gomer is well resolved. The bright cloud on the right is above Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain/volcano in the solar system.   Elysium is bright.   The north polar cap is getting smaller.  There are some clouds at Eridania in the south.

March 25, 2016

Imaging was a bit challenging this morning because of clouds.  I did a much lighter processing on these images.

Syrtis Major is prominent in these images.  The clouds over Hellas is more solid compared to two days ago.

March 23, 2016

Seeing was good this morning.

Mars is getting bigger as it gets closer to opposition this May.  Syrtis Major is the prominent feature in the CM.  Note the strange cloud over Hellas.  Sinus Sabeaus can be seen on the left.


February 20, 2016

It has been over a month since my last image of Mars.  Seeing was variable this morning.

Syrtis Major is prominent in this image.  Hellas is very bright today.  The clouds on the right is over Elysium.  The north polar cap is very small. 


January 16, 2016

It is still early for the Mars season.  Mars is still 5 arc seconds wide.  Seeing was very unstable this morning.

Syrtis Major is rising on the left.  The bright clouds over Hellas is prominent.  Mare Cimmerium can be seen at the CM.  Some bright clouds over Elysium.


Christopher Go 2014