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PlanetCatcher and Mars

By: Doug Zubenel

 

Region: Americas

Site: Kansas - USA

Date: 2010 January 26

Planet Mars at its 2010 opposition or the closest to the Earth. As noted by the photographer "After several weeks of cloudy weather, the sky was relatively clear on the evening of January 26, 2010, allowing me to observe the planet Mars with our 12.5" f/10 Newtonian reflector. At 488X, the northern polar cap's dark border, as well as Aurorae Sinus and Mare Sirenum were well seen during moments of good seeing. This view is from a camera with a 24mm lens and cross screen mounted piggyback on the telescope, exposed for 17 seconds." Doug Zubenel

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