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Mars 11/12JUN2018 - The big, orange cueball

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#1 kbev

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 02:23 AM

OK so not quite a cueball, but with all of the dust floating around the planet it is getting awfully hard to distinguish surface features.  Here is Mars from the previous two mornings showing Syrtis Major (if you squint your eyes just right) along with what looks like some of the dust infiltrating thru Mare Serpentis.  I may put together an animation of these two frames to see if it helps make the dust more noticeable.

 

11JUN2018 - if you look carefully you can see some 'fingers' of dust between Syrtis Major and Hellas.  By the next morning they had expanded quite a bit.

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12JUN2018 - not sure what is up with the purple splotch, possibly a dust mote that I didn't notice when I was capturing the videos.  Also added an annotated image created by Winjupos to help show what should be visible.

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Edited by kbev, 13 June 2018 - 02:23 AM.

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 02:39 AM

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 03:06 AM

Very nice,


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 05:52 AM

Excellent work, thanks for posting!
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Posted 13 June 2018 - 12:31 PM

Good work!  What is the splotch you mention?  That darker area right of centre in the second image?  It seems to be a region with less dust - I got the same thing on my image captured at a similar time:

 

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 03:26 PM

Obviously there are amateurs living in The Face and they all just got new Taks.

 

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:25 PM

Certainly looks grim here Kevin - I haven't got back to Richard McKim lately about the dust...nice capture btw! waytogo.gif waytogo.gif



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Posted 13 June 2018 - 09:37 PM

I would try lowering your exposure a bit I captured mars aboot the same time I got a bit of detail but not allot your disk looks to btright


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:52 PM

Ferret: Mars is bright and details are soft here largely because dust is covering almost all albedo features.  Anything you captured would have been earlier when a less dusty side of Mars was facing Earth (the Sun was up in Florida at UT 11:25).


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