Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mars on a 5" scope 2012-03-07

I invited a friend to observe the Mars opposition. While observing, I also tried to image Mars with an Orion 127mm maksutov cassegrain which I bought used from Henry who wants to get rid of his scope. It's the first time I used this scope for imaging. Previously, I only used this scope for visual observation because I didn't have a suitable equatorial mount. At that time, Mars was showing a good amount of details while the seeing was just about average.

Mars was covered with clouds for much of its' equatorial region. Acidalia Planitia, a dark region can be seen extending from the north down to the equator.

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