Taken by Mark Schmidt on July 11, 2018 @ Racine County, WI USA
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Date Taken: 2018:08:06 17:23:34
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Mars is very close to earth this year but its normally very cool surface features that are visible are being obscured because of a global dust storm that started at the end of May 2018. For northern hemisphere observers like myself, mars is very low in the sky in relation to the horizon. This makes getting good detailed images of the red planet frustratingly difficult. Here are some images of mars that I was able to capture in July 2018. They clearly show the Martian albedo features being obscured by the dust storm. The images were taken using a 14” Schmidt Cassegrain telescope and a ZWO ASI299MM imaging camera. All the images are monochrome images taken through an IR685nm (infrared passing) filter. The IR filter helps penetrate the dust in the Martian atmosphere.
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Please excuse my typo. The camera used was a ZWO ASI290MM.
Posted by aresms 2018-08-08 09:23:19
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