~ Observing Mars ~
Taken by Noeleen Lowndes on August 5, 2018 @ Gold Coast Qld Australia
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Date Taken: 2018:08:06 19:34:48
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I’ve tried and tried nearly every night (like everyone else) to capture some detail on the surface of Mars, and this is the best that I’ve been able to get with my 10inch telescope.

Not only have we had to contend with our own weather here on Earth of cloud, smoke and haze, but ironically also this huge dust storm that has encircled the whole planet during this very close opposition…but it’s starting to clear and just perhaps we may be rewarded with some spectacular views before our Earth races away from the planet, I’ll keep trying :-)

This montage of images were taken between the 31st July and the 5th August 2018 with a Meade 10inch LX200 telescope and a ZWO ASI 120 MC-S colour CCD camera with a 3x Barlow attached. AVI movie files were captured and then processed in RegiStax6 and PS CS4.
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Hi Noeleen, thanks for posting and keep on, you are in one of the best locations for observing, the planet is not well placed here in the UK,
Posted by markbuxton 2018-08-07 12:42:22
Hi Mark, yes you are right, Mars goes right up to the zenith for us here in Australia, the ecliptic is very high up in the sky at the moment, you are also doing a great job of capturing Mars...keep up the great work and heres hoping this dust storm blows away soon :-)
Posted by noeleen22 2018-08-10 00:44:25
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