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Pete Presland

Mars in fair seeing from the 22nd August

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Early 3.45am alarm call for Mars, but for a change the seeing was reasonable and it was such a change not to be imaging at 15 degrees at the bottom of my garden!

The conditions seemed fairly stable from the time i popped the camera in, until Mars disappeared behind the trees.  Great to be reunited with the red planet and see some nice detail, especially after the sand storms of 2 years ago.

Captured with my C9.25, Asi 224mc. ADC and a X1.8 Barlow. 240 second SER FILE stacked/drizzled (x1.5) in A/S3 and lightly sharpened with CS2.

Pretty pleased with the result, wish i had known Phobos was close by, i might have tried a longer exposure to see if i could have seen it as well.

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Well done. Personal opinion, I think it is slightly over cooked on the pole, but well done, lovely image.

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13 minutes ago, Uplooker said:

Well done. Personal opinion, I think it is slightly over cooked on the pole, but well done, lovely image.

Definitely, i would agree as well. It certainly will be reprocessed again over the coming cloudy evenings, always have found the processing the hardest part of imaging. 

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Hi Pete,

 

Lovely image of Mars !

I know nothing of Astro photography, but a week ago I was up and observing Mars from 2.15 am, and what struck me was the sheer brightness of the pole through the eye piece !

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A good result Pete. not the easiest planet to process IMO especially colour wise, seen so many different renditions & still not sure which looks right! 😣

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Great image  👍

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A great detailed martian image Pete. I noticed you switched cameras was there any particular reason other than the obvious osc.

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4 hours ago, morimarty said:

A great detailed martian image Pete. I noticed you switched cameras was there any particular reason other than the obvious osc.

I have got some mono images as well, i have not processed them yet. I generally start with OSC and then mono afterwards. I was not sure how much time i had before Mars slipped behind the willow tree near me.

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A nice image Pete. As mentioned elsewhere it's a little over exposed on the pole. It's difficult to tone this down, so may need a repro. It may be worth reducing capture times down to 3 mins to be safe, - I know that's what I do

Regards

Harvey

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Great work Pete. The polar cap is tricky to deal with, so don't worry. Hard to control while bringing out the surface details.

Peter

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Great result Pete well worth getting up for. I find turning down the levels on the blue channel a tad helps with the bright SPC

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Posted (edited)

Great image, Pete. It is nice to be able to see/image more details this time around. Perigee/opposition will be here before we know it! :D 

Regards,

Reggie

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