I can’t believe how big Mars is getting now as compared with just one month ago and the detail on the surface is just amazing…Woohoo! :-) :-) :-)
I took this image with some light cloud in the sky and can’t wait until we finally get a clear night to capture even more detail on the surface.
The image was taken with a Meade LX200 10 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a ZWO 120 MC-S camera with 3x Barlow lens attached.
An AVI movie file was captured with 1400 frames that was stacked in RegiStax6 and processed in PS CS4.
There is an incredible amount of detail now showing on the surface of Mars as the planet gets closer and closer to Earth for its close opposition on the 13th October 2020.
The hardest thing is trying to get a clear enough sky to capture some images without those pesky clouds!
But I waited and waited and finally at 3.00am I was rewarded with a bit of steady sky to capture this lovely image where you can see Syrtis Major and the bright large landmasses of Terra Arabia and Eden. The very dark long land mass is called Terra Meridian and the south polar cap is very prominent :-)
Image taken with a Meade LX200 10 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope and a ZWO 120 MC-S camera with 3x Barlow lens attached. An AVI movie file was captured with 1500 frames that were stacked in RegiStax6 and processed in PS CS4.
Please read more at about the opposition of Mars at NASA Science Mars Exploration Program website at: https://mars.nasa.gov/all-about-mars/night-sky/opposition/