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Video of Mars near opposition (with original space music)!


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Hi, all! I spent some quality time with Mars this past weekend as Syrtis Major was well-placed for imaging. I connected a Shorty Barlow (2X) to my little Orion Electronic Imaging Eyepiece (analogue version) on my Orion StarMax 127 and got a cool video of the red planet. Some atmospheric turbulence got in the way because of the relatively low elevation, but features were clearly detectable as was the stunning red hue. I was so excited, I even composed some space music especially for the event! It's a good thing I chose to image at that time because clouds have rolled in this week (of course) and threaten to block Mars' photons on the night of actual opposition. If possible, though,  I will be out there on May 22 (and on May 30 for the perigee) to shoot some more video! I hope you enjoy my video contribution and the music!

Cheers!

Reggie

 

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I very much like the video AND the music. It's a great combination. 

I saw Mars with my naked eyes yesterday in a light polluted area. It was glowing red! Very nice to look at hehehe

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12 hours ago, Tzitzis said:

I very much like the video AND the music. It's a great combination. 

I saw Mars with my naked eyes yesterday in a light polluted area. It was glowing red! Very nice to look at hehehe

Thanks! From time to time celestial events inspire me to compose. Mars is quite a sight in Scorpius! I pray the clouds will part on opposition night.

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That's a superb video of Mars, Reggie, some amazing detail from a modest set up. I reckon if you stacked the frames you would get a very nice image indeed. The music is the icing on the cake.....or should I say the ice on the polar caps! :) 

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On 5/19/2016 at 18:05, RobertI said:

That's a superb video of Mars, Reggie, some amazing detail from a modest set up. I reckon if you stacked the frames you would get a very nice image indeed. The music is the icing on the cake.....or should I say the ice on the polar caps! :) 

Thanks, Rob! I'll probably get stacking, soon. It's so exciting imaging the planets, especially without expensive equipment. I'm carefully navigating the "slippery slope" of astroimaging, lol.

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On 5/19/2016 at 18:39, Ruud said:

That was great, thank you, Reggie!

Thanks for watching, Ruud! I hope you get to see the actual opposition from where you are :happy7:

Reggie

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Good one Reggie - very atmospheric music...err, maybe that's the wrong word for a planet without much atmosphere..! :) - but the title you chose for it could be interpreted to encompass that reality also! :) 

Some quite nice feed actually, it'd be interesting to stack the video & sharpen, Syrtis Major is quite clear & clean for extended periods of the recording & the South Polar Hood well visible at times also! :headbang:

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2 hours ago, Kokatha man said:

Good one Reggie - very atmospheric music...err, maybe that's the wrong word for a planet without much atmosphere..! :) - but the title you chose for it could be interpreted to encompass that reality also! :) 

Some quite nice feed actually, it'd be interesting to stack the video & sharpen, Syrtis Major is quite clear & clean for extended periods of the recording & the South Polar Hood well visible at times also! :headbang:

Thanks for watching (and listening)! You're right; there are some periods of clarity that could be stacked. RobertI made a similar suggestion. Thanks for the advice! :hello2:

Clear skies,

Reggie

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