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First ever Mars (or any other planet even)

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This was around 0140 this morning. 4" apo (f/8.6), Baader Moon & Skyglow neodymium filter, no ADC, ASI178MC, 2.5x Powermate.  AS!3, best 500ish of 1k frames.  The stacked image was then broken in R, G & B channels in PI, and each put separately through Imppg, before being re-combined in PI.

Focus could be better but I was doing it manually rather than w a micro-stepper.  Conditions seemed quite unstable at times - I couldn't make the icecap out visually at c 175x although it was popping out vividly at 200x last week.

Hope we all get some more chances in the next few weeks.

Stay safe,



(Rookie planetary imaging errors included not picking a smaller ROI to increase the number of frames captured, not using electric focus, not having a contrast filter...will try & post longer report in observing section 😂)

Edited by vineyard
added list of rookie errors!
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