MARS

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

Mars was the subject of our 10th episode of Galactic Hunter!

Despite being pretty small through a telescope, it is one of the best planets to photograph!

Just like Saturn, Jupiter, and some other planets, Mars can be seen very easily from pretty much anywhere in the world. Light pollution does not matter one bit, so we observed and imaged the planet from a parking lot not far from our apartment.


Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun, and its diameter is almost twice as small as Earth, but the length of a year twice as long. Mars has two tiny moons with scary names: Phobos (meaning FEAR) and Deimos (meaning PANIC).


Below you can find our photo of the planet without, then with a dust storm (2016 vs 2018). As you can see, there is a huge difference in details and overall quality.


MARS WITH NO APPARENT DUST STORM - MAY 2016

Single shot of Mars taken in May 2016


GEAR USED:

Camera: Canon t3i

Telescope: Orion 8" Astrograph f/3.9

Mount: Atlas EQ-G motorized Mount

Coma: Baader MPCC Coma Corrector MkIII

Processing: Lightroom


MARS DURING OPPOSITION BUT WITH A HUGE DUST STORM - JULY 2018

Single shot of Mars taken in July 2018


GEAR USED:

Camera: Canon 7D Mark II

Telescope: Orion 8" Astrograph f/3.9

Mount: Atlas EQ-G motorized Mount

Coma: Baader MPCC Coma Corrector MkIII

Processing: Lightroom


EPISODE #10 OF GALACTIC HUNTER - MARS DURING OPPOSITION

YOUR IMAGES

Below are the photos we received from you guys!

From lef to right:

Astrotreff - Thomas Young - Sergio Goncalves Silva - Soren Jensen - Gibran Pierluissi - Jason Smith - Eric Wickey


FINAL THOUGHTS

Mars, along with Saturn and Jupiter, is one of the best planets to observe and photograph. We do not have great planetary equipment, but we plan to get a much better picture of the rocky planet whenever we are able to and update this post.


Clear Skies,

Galactic Hunter


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