Mars on August 29, 2003

This image shows Mars at its best. I took this opportunity to capture as many images of Mars as possible. On the night that this image was taken, the skies were clear and transparency was excellent. However, the seeing was poor, and the quality of the images suffered a bit as a result. Mars had an apparent size of 25.1 arc-seconds. Details on the planet's surface were apparent even in small telescopes and easy to see visually.

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 images were aligned and stacked with Registax.

Constellation: Aquarius
RA: 22h 36m 58.8s Dec: -15d 51' 58"
August 29, 2003
Image by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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