Mars 2020

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A new month has brought improved seeing conditions. The air was very humid, requiring strong dew control to keep the C14 dew-free.

Notes:

  • Valles Marineris is rotating off the day side.

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A new month has brought improved seeing conditions. The air was very humid, requiring strong dew control to keep the C14 dew-free.

Notes:

  • Valles Marineris, covered by orographic clouds, is rotating off the day side.

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This morning saw improvements in imaging conditions compared to previous mornings.

Notes:

  • The Tharsis volcanoes and Olympus Mons are rotating off the sunlit side.

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This morning saw improvements in imaging conditions compared to previous mornings.

Notes:

  • Tharsis is covered by orographic clouds on the terminator.
  • To the north of Tharsis, Olympus Mons is rotating off the sunlit side.

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Excellent transparency as usual, but poor seeing conditions strike again.

Notes:

  • The South Polar Cap is large. It will shrink over the next few months.

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Excellent transparency as usual, but poor seeing conditions strike again.

Notes:

  • The South Polar Cap is large. It will shrink over the next few months.

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Seeing and transparency were pretty good this morning. Unfortunately, I missed out on using the C14 because I anticipated strong wind.

Notes:

  • The South Polar Cap is large. It will shrink over the next few months.

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Seeing and transparency were pretty good this morning. Unfortunately, I missed out on using the C14 because I anticipated strong wind.

Notes:

  • The South Polar Cap is large. It will shrink over the next few months.

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Seeing was tough for Jupiter & Saturn, but it took a turn for the worse by the time I reached Mars. I only used the best 5% of frames, the lowest for any set of images since I started planetary imaging over six years ago.

Notes:

  • Hellas Basin, which appears to be obscured by a bright dust cloud, is rotating into view alongside Syrtis Major to the north.

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Seeing was tough for Jupiter & Saturn, but it took a turn for the worse by the time I reached Mars. I only used the best 5% of frames, the lowest for any set of images since I started planetary imaging over six years ago.

Notes:

  • Hellas Basin, which appears to be obscured by a bright dust cloud, is rotating into view.

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Third consecutive morning of imaging Mars. Although the air temperature was similar during all three imaging sessions, it was nice not to endure a chilly breeze while capturing this image.

Notes:

  • Hellas Basin and Syrtis Major are approaching the central meridian.

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Moved on to Mars after starting the morning with Saturn. Continued to experience poor conditions.

Notes:

  • Hellas Basin and Syrtis Major are approaching the central meridian.

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Moved on to Mars from Saturn as the sky began to brighten. Seeing was still turbulent thanks to the jet stream.

Notes:

  • Hellas Basin and Syrtis Major are at the central meridian.
  • Sinus Meridiani is rising.

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Stepping outside and feeling the cold air, I immediately saw a meteor heading south between Mars and Antares. I had decent seeing and excellent transparency while imaging the red planet.

Notes:

  • The South Polar Cap is emerging from winter. It will shrink significantly as Mars approaches opposition.

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Stepping outside and feeling the cold air, I immediately saw a meteor heading south between Mars and Antares. I had decent seeing and excellent transparency while imaging the red planet.

Notes:

  • Orographic clouds are covering Olympus Mons and Pavonis Mons.
  • The South Polar Cap is emerging from winter. It will shrink significantly as Mars approaches opposition.

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Stepping outside and feeling the cold air, I immediately saw a meteor heading south between Mars and Antares. I had decent seeing and excellent transparency while imaging the red planet.

Notes:

  • Orographic clouds are covering Olympus Mons and Pavonis Mons.
  • The South Polar Cap is emerging from winter. It will shrink significantly as Mars approaches opposition.

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Started the day with the scariest event I've ever experienced: waking up to an alarm. I had the phone set to full volume and laying next to my ear. My heart was still racing at the end of the imaging session, making it slightly difficult to precisely focus the telescope.

Notes:

  • Syrtis Major, which is setting, has a water-ice cloud over it.
  • Sinus Sabeaus is at the central meridian.

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Started the day with the scariest event I've ever experienced: waking up to an alarm. I had the phone set to full volume and laying next to my ear. My heart was still racing at the end of the imaging session, making it slightly difficult to precisely focus the telescope.

Notes:

  • Syrtis Major is setting.
  • Sinus Sabeaus is at the central meridian.

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Started the day with the scariest event I've ever experienced: waking up to an alarm. I had the phone set to full volume and laying next to my ear. My heart was still racing at the end of the imaging session, making it slightly difficult to precisely focus the telescope.

Notes:

  • Syrtis Major is setting.
  • Sinus Sabeaus is at the central meridian.

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I left my telescope out all night after imaging Venus with the hopes of imaging Mars. To my surprise, everything was covered in slushy dew when I came back. The sky was also full of thin clouds.

Viewing the red channel by itself helps brings out surface features, while the blue channel brings out the ice clouds.

Notes:

  • There appears to be an ice cloud near the terminator, the line between day and night.
  • I suspect the South Polar Hood is visible in the blue channel
  • Mare Sirenum is visible as a dark area straddling the southern limb of Mars.

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