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I am trying to find ways to observe more detail on Mars.
I am observing him between 35 degrees and 50 degress altitude. He is SOOOO bright that the intensity of the light is washing out any surface detail.
I can just about make out the Southern polar cap and can see (just) some surface shapes but it's the brightness of the planet that is (ironically) the issue.
I do have some colour filters which I can use over the eyepiece. Any tips for which colour is best, please?
I have tried observing with various magnification, ranging from 8mm to 32mm. My focal length is 2800mm and focal ratio F10, (CPC1100)
Any tips /advice / help all glady welcomed, thank you.
Bonus - tonight I got to see Uranus, looking like a little light blue / green ice ball and a transit of Ganymede's shadow on Jupiter! Very cool.
Mars was taken at night between 20:57 and 22:29 UTC. Equipment used: Celestron SCT C8, Barlow 2x, GSO #29 (dark red), ASI120MM Mini, HEQ5 mount.
Animation was prepared from 20 images with drizzle 150% (the best 10% of frames from 60-second movies):
One of the best images from 21:55UT:
A few sketches from last night 2x Mars and also one of M2.
1st Mars one was in poor seeing, 2nd was better.
M2 view was affected by heavy moonlight.
Also observed (but didn't sketch) some Hercules doubles, Uranus, Neptune and also M45 by naked eye.
Best night for a while!