Flintstone Stargazing

December 31, 2007

Mars on 12/30/07

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Mars, Observation Journal, Planets — Tags: — Ed @ 9:39 am

Mars on 12/30/07

The red planet was really bright this evening and so I brought as much magnification as I could to show the details. Unfortunately, that just meant my 3X Barlow. I really think that if I can get my hands on a Powermate 5X I should be able to see quite a lot of detail. Actually, through the telescope visually, I could easily make out the polar cap and different shaded areas of the planet. This image captures some of that, but not as much as I would like. I’m going to work on this to see if I can get more detail in future images. That said, I’m still really happy with this image – it’s the best I’ve ever captured of Mars by quite a lot. One other thing is that my friend Damon suggested a method for “punching up” the images I’ve got of Mars, but that’ll have to wait for a bit. I promise to upload the “punched up” version once I’m done with it.


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