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 .

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June 23, 2016

Seeing was variable this evening.   The three Tharsis volcanoes can be seen rising on the left.   Note the yellowish "cloud" from Mare Acidalium, Niliacus Lacus, over Chryse and Mare Erythraeum.  Is this a dust cloud? Note the clouds over the north polar area and the south polar hood.

 

June 22, 2016

Condition was good today.   The sky cleared up after being overcast call day.

Olympus Mons can be seen rising on the left.  The Tharsis volcanoes are well resolved.   Solis Lacus is on the lower right while Chryse is setting on the right.   Note the shape of the clouds on the north pole.

 

June 20, 2016

The sky was overcast today.  Seeing was good but transparency was poor.  I had to image through clouds.

Olympus Mons can be seen rising on the left.  The Tharsis volcanoes can be seen at the CM.   Solis Lacus is rising on the lower right.   Note the interesting ring clouds on the north polar region.

 

June 18, 2016

Condition was poor today.  It was mostly cloudy.  I had to image Mars through clouds.

The Tharsis volcanic region is at the center of the planet.  Solis Lacus is on the lower right.    The dust storm seem to be headed to the SW.

 

June 16, 2016

Seeing was good this evening.

There is a new dust storm starting at the Palinuri Sinus.  This storm was just a small oval which has risen over the cloud level!  You can see the storm at the bottom of Mars mixing with the clouds.  Note also the yellowish color of the clouds on the North Polar area on the right.  Another dust storm?

Olympus Mons is well resolved.  The caldera is resolved!   The 3 Tharsis volcanoes are now cloud free.  Solis Lacus is now setting on the right. 

 

June 15, 2016

Perfect conditions today.

Olympus Mons is well resolved and cloud free.  There are clouds over the Tharsis volcanoes.  Note the bright streaks on Tharsis.    The polar regions are very cloudy.

 

June 14, 2016

Good conditions today.

Olympus Mons is well resolved and cloud free.   The three Tharsis volcanoes are hidden in clouds.  Note the clouds in the north polar region.   Mare Simmerium is in the south.

 

June 13, 2016

Transparency was poor this evening with seeing unstable.  I was able to scape some data by using very high speed and stacking more images.

Olympus Mons is prominent on these images.  The three bright clouds mark the three Tharis volcanoes. The northern most is Mons Ascraeus.  The middle one is Mons Pavonis.  And the southern volcano is Mons Arsia.  Like Olympus Mons, these 3 are shield volcanoes.   Mons Ascraeus is the tallest of the 3 at 57000ft!  These are small though compared to Olympus Mons which stands at 85000ft from base to peak!

Note the interesting cloud shapes on the north polar area.

June 11, 2016

Condition was very good today.  

The northern polar cap is getting smaller and the north polar hood has become large and more prominent.  Elysium is again clear today.  The 3 Elysium volcanoes are resolved.  Olympus Mons can be seen setting on the right.  Sinus Gomer is the 2 finger like feature extending out of Mare CImmerium.   On the tip of the right finger is the Gale crater where the Mars rover Curiosity is currently located.

 

June 9, 2016

Seeing and transparency was variable this evening.   I had to deal with occasional clouds.

Elysium is cloud free today.  The 3 Elysium volcanoes are resolved.   Olympus Mons is at the right edge with a bright cloud over it.  The north polar cap is almost gone.

 

June 7, 2016

It was mostly cloudy this evening.   I was about to give up when the clouds broke up in the area where Mars was.  I rushed to get some images.  I was a bit nervous because there was a thunderstorm headed our way.  Seeing was not good and transparency was poor.

I was able to get 5 sets of RGB.  Mare Cimmerium is the main feature here.  Not a lot of cloud in Elysium. 

 

June 3, 2016

Seeing was variable today.  

Syrtis Major is still the prominent feature here.   Clouds at the Hellas basin.   Elysium is very bright.  Is this frost or clouds?

 

June 1, 2016

Seeing was variable today but still good.  

Syrtis Major is the prominent feature in this image.  There are some clouds in Hellas.  The north polar cap is very small now. The bright cloud on the right is over Elysium.

 

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

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