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    Default First proper attempt at Mars



    Two outputs from my first proper attempt at imaging Mars (I had tried earlier, but all I got was a magnified red dot :-) ) , please share your comments on how I can improve.

    Data was captured using GSO 6 inch F5 Newt, 8/10mm (using zoom lens) over 3x barlow. Data was captured on September 4, 2018.



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    Default Re: First proper attempt at Mars

    Planetary is a difficult one to do ... and a little late in the season. But that's a nice capture all the same.

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    Default Re: First proper attempt at Mars

    Thanks Joe! It has been really cloudy and just got lucky with better conditions on couple of days early this month.

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    Those are great shots! Did you happen to use any filters? I know exactly what you mean about only getting a red dot, even at higher magnification. So far I've only attempted Mars with my 90mm Mak-Cass.
    Were those stacked images? What kind of camera set up are you using?
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    Default Re: First proper attempt at Mars

    Thanks SpaceCorgi... When I tried last time, Mars about midway between the nearest and farthest distance and I was using a Celestron Astromaster. I tried to get my new mount and scope in time for opposition but due to many issues ended up getting it after that. It wouldn't have made any difference anyway because it was so cloudy :-)

    These are stacked images. I used a Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera for capturing the videos that was used for stacking and generating these images.
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    Default Re: First proper attempt at Mars

    Quote Originally Posted by virtualage View Post
    Thanks SpaceCorgi... When I tried last time, Mars about midway between the nearest and farthest distance and I was using a Celestron Astromaster. I tried to get my new mount and scope in time for opposition but due to many issues ended up getting it after that. It wouldn't have made any difference anyway because it was so cloudy :-)

    These are stacked images. I used a Nikon 1 J5 mirrorless camera for capturing the videos that was used for stacking and generating these images.
    At first I thought maybe the lack in detail was because of the dust storm, but I'm guessing my 90mm just isn't able to collect enough light. I just barely make out color bands on Jupiter. I'm looking forward to getting set up with my new C8 SCT. Plus having the tracking mount will enable me to stack images. Your images look great. You can make out the maria and even a pole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceCorgi View Post
    At first I thought maybe the lack in detail was because of the dust storm, but I'm guessing my 90mm just isn't able to collect enough light. I just barely make out color bands on Jupiter. I'm looking forward to getting set up with my new C8 SCT. Plus having the tracking mount will enable me to stack images. Your images look great. You can make out the maria and even a pole.
    Thank you.. Yeah, aperture makes a big difference, I can notice it even between 5 inch and 6 inch. C8 would be a fantastic scope for planets as far as I have read.. Look forward to your update on using it!

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