Mars 2014

I started late for Mars this season. 

These images were taken with a C14 XLT on an AP900GTO mount.  I used a Celestron Skyris 132M  USB 3.0 camera.  A Homeyer motorized filter wheel was used to produce an RGB image.  I used an Astrophysics Barcon working at 3X.    To capture I used  FireCapture 2.3.  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

April 21, 2014

Seeing was good this evening.  

I was able to capture the giant volcanoes of Mars.  Olympus Mons, the Solar Systems' highest mountain, is nicely resolved in the IR image.  In the color images, clouds are on top of this volcano.  There are also clouds on top of Arsai and Pavonis Mons.  There are also light morning clouds over Elysium.

April 17, 2014

Seeing was poor this evening.

Mare Cimmerium is prominent in this image.   The bright cloud on the right is on top of Olympus Mons.   There are some bright clouds over the Elysium basin.

April 5, 2014

Seeing was good this evening.   I forgot to use my extension tube this evening so my Mars is smaller than my image a few days ago.

Syrtis Major setting on the right.  Sinus Sabaeus and Sinus Meridiani is rising on the left.  Hellas is covered with a bright cloud on the south.  The north polar cap is well resolved.   Utopia and Ismenius Lacus is well resolved.  There are morning clouds at Chryse and evening clouds at Aetheria.


April 2, 2014

Seeing was very variable this evening.  Finally an image of Mars!

Sinus Sabaeus can be seen the the CM.   Syrtis Major is on the right with a cloud over it.  The bright cloud in the south is over Hellas.   Chryse can be seen in the left with morning clouds over it.  The north polar can is small.


Christopher Go 2014