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Big Red Vs Little Red


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On the evening of 02.02.15, prior to some lunar imaging, I managed to acquire an image of a tiny Mars lying above a blazing Venus. This composite compares this image to one I acquired last year when Mars was at its closest during the opposition of that year. If anything this clearly shows that opposition is best for observing the red planet! 

Despite the fact that the larger image was taken at at least twice the focal length of little red, the difference is still stark I think. Was amazed that some albedo markings are still visible on little red together with a definite phase. Thanks for looking.

                        Best regards,

                                               Ralph

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