Mars 2022

These images were taken with a C14  on an AP900GTO mount.  I used a QHY290M and a QHY462C camera.  A Starlight Xpress USB  filter wheel was used to produce an RGB image.  I used an Astrophysics Advanced Barcon (starting April 23) working at 3X.    To capture I used  FireCapture 2.6.  For processing, I use AutoStakkert and  Registax V5 .

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November 27, 2022


Condition was a bit unstable today.

Solis Lacus is prominent in these images.  Olympus Mons is on the upper left.  Tharsis dominates the center.  The north polar hood is thinning out.


November 26, 2022


After imaging Jupiter today, we had a heavy downpour.  Fortunately, it only lasted for a few minutes and the sky cleared again.  Seeing was good.

This region shows Olympus Mons and the 3 gaint Tharsis volcanoes (Mons Ascreaus, Pavonis and Arsia).  Solis Lacus can be seen on the lower right.  Mare Sirenum can be seen below and  Elysium is on the upper left.  The north polar hood is shrinking.  We should see the north polar cap soon.


November 24, 2022


Seeing was very good but I had to deal with passing clouds which was frustrating at times.

This region shows Mare Sirenum.  Solis Lacus is setting on the lower right edge.  Olympus Mons can be seen on the upper right.  Elysium on the upper left just below the north polar hood.


November 22, 2022


Conditions were perfect today. 

These images show the region of Mare Cimmerium.  Elysium can be seen just below the north polar hood.  Sinus Gomer can be seeing sticking out on the left.   The bright oval spot close to the right edge is Olympus Mons.  There seems to be some dust on the south with the clouds.


November 5, 2022


Condition was excellent today.  Here are some images of Mars.  The first was captured using a QHY290 mono camera.  The second was with a QHY462C color camera.  And the last image was taken though an IR850 filter.

These images show Sinus Meridiani/Sabeaus.  Chryse is on the left.  Mare Erythraeum is on the south side. 


April 23, 2022


I finally had a chance to image Mars! Mars is tiny now at only 5.6". Seeing was average but transparency was poor due to clouds. Mars was only 35 degrees above the horizon when I took this image.
This image shows the Tharsis volcanic region. Mars is too small to resolve Olympus Mons. Note the late afternoon clouds over the trio Tharis volcanoes. The south polar cap is huge.


Christopher Go 2022