After too many nights of cloudy skies I’ve finally managed to get some images of the Red Planet. And almost at the maximum approach to Earth.
The seeing conditions were a bit strange, with some fine details visible at times, but with the entire disc of the planet dancing on the laptop’s screen.
Again, missing the Green filter, I had to manage only with the Red and Blue channels. Some very interesting details in the Blue channel, with a lot of clouds activity and a very bright polar cap. This was also evident in the eyepiece at 550x.
And the image with some technical details and the Red and Blue images:
Also, a small animation showing the rotation of the planet in the 19 minutes I’ve imaged it:
This is my best observation of Mars for this apparition, and hopefully not the last.
(April 16, 2014)