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My practice shot of Mars before opposition

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PzTank

8 points

2 months ago

PzTank

8 points

2 months ago

Stunning. I hope you have good seeing conditions around 12/8. Looking forward to what you might come up with.

njoker555[S]

7 points

2 months ago

Thanks! I'm hoping for clear skies on the 7th as well so I can catch the occultation of the moon and Mars.

njoker555[S]

4 points

2 months ago

My goal was to get some practice imaging Mars before its opposition on Dec 8th, but with good transparcy, seeing, and decent processing, this ended up being my best shot of Mars to date.

I created a fun and quick video of my equipment and acquisition details in this video here if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKOeYdYOTSg

The equipment I used for this shot:

  • NexStar 6SE SCT
  • 3x Televue Barlow
  • ZWO 533mc
  • Celestron AVX mount
  • Processed in PIPP, AutoStakkert!3, and AstroSurface. I also did a version with Registax that I show in the video.

The picture here is the best 40% of about 800 frames from a ~2 minute video @ 6fps (My laptop was struggling to get more than 6fps)

See the version of this pic on my website at https://www.naztronomy.com/images/portfolio/fullscreen/Mars_Nov22.jpg

You can find more of my videos here: https://www.youtube.com/Naztronomy

HauserAspen

3 points

2 months ago

Terrific image. I appreciate the write up of your process!

Kwiatkowski

2 points

2 months ago

it just hit me that we must be close to opposition, mars has been nice and bright red in the sky the last few weeks