Mars was 17 days away from its closest approach when this image was taken. The planet had an apparent size of 23.8 arc-seconds and was 98 percent illuminated. The planet gets a little brighter every night.
This image of Mars was taken from my backyard in Scottsdale, Arizona, using a ToUcam web cam on a FCT-150 refractor with a Televue 4x PowerMate and Vari-Extender. The focal length was about f45. The image has been downsized by a factor of four. The images were aligned and stacked with Registax.
RA: 22h 53m 08.8s Dec: -14d 10' 06"
August 10, 2003
Image by Sid Leach
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