Mars 2016

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My first image of Mars in over three months. Seeing had deteriorated dramatically during the preceding capture of Jupiter. This is my first IR-RGB image.

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Probably the best Mars I'll get this year unless I get another good night in the next two weeks. This was also my first night using my ASI290MM!

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A quick Mars I did about a week or two ago. No Saturn or DSO images from this night because I took a vacation to Nashville starting the next day.

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Finally back with the C11 after a few excellent nights with the C8. Unfortunately, the seeing was only average, but I've definitely seen worse.

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One of the better nights I've had with Mars. There's a large hood of clouds over the north pole.

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I didn't think I would image on this night, but the skies provided a brief gap in the clouds to end my summer vacation. Mars has pulled away quite fast, but I hope to image it until the end of the year at the shortest. The hood of clouds over the north pole is prominent.

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Potential dust on Mars in the southern hemisphere, near Hellas Basin. That basin is known for being the origin of many planet-wide dust storms! The next few months might be exciting!

Here's a thread on Cloudy Nights about this:
www.cloudynights.com/topic/549143-does-hellas-look-odd/

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Better seeing than two nights before. The dust storm is still visible in the southern hemisphere.

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Decent conditions for this image. Not much is visible on this side of the planet.

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Less than ideal seeing conditions for this image. The South Polar Cap is noticeably bright.

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Decent seeing during this image. Syrtis Major is rising at the terminator.

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Continuing to image Mars as it pulls away from us. Valles Marineris is barely visible at the eastern limb of the disk.

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Fairly good imaging conditions. There may some dust in and around Hellas Basin, but it's hard to tell for sure.

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Back to Mars after a month of cloudy evenings! Seeing was decent and transparency was hindered by thin clouds. The South Polar Cap is bright, but not much else to note.

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