Mars: an image (11 Apr. 2014)

Mars: 11 April 2014

Mars: 11 April 2014

Last night, seeing was quite good, as typical at the observing site, and some images of planet Mars were planned.  Mars was just south, so at its best.

Above is the average of 50 single images, remotely collected with the Celestron C14 robotic unit part of the Virtual Telescope Project. They were taken through a H-alpha filter, to heavily reduce the brightness of the planet and pick its details at red wavelengths.

Despite the small angular size of the disk (15″), there are plenty of details there, showing the sharp view and amazing seeing possible with the Virtual Telescope instruments.

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