Yes, Peter I heard so. So the south pole is on top of mars at moment and mars moves to the right as earth turns. Our north pole is on top, when I'm in the northern hemisphere, so considering mars and earth orbits like one plate with up (north) side and down side I think our north pole and the momentarly visible icecap on mars are the same side. But that might be thinking too simply, I'm afraid.
If you are using a Cassegrain, the location of the south polar cap will depend on the rotation of your star diagonal in your visual back.
Also, things get complicated when it comes to the direction of rotation. With north up, the planet looks like the rotation direction is left to right. With south up, it's right to left. With a star diagonal, those directions reverse. With south up, it's left to right. With north up, it's right to left.
And south pole now seems to be comlpetely hit by sunlight and north pole should be completely in the shadow and hidden unless its area is bigger.
Most of the Martian northern Hemisphere is still receiving sunshine, much like the earth's when it is winter.
Got it, I think. rotation axis is stable while revolutioning around sun thus yielding summer and winter. And wiki tells martian polaris is Deneb, which means Deneb is standing right above martian north pole. I will check that next possiblility.
Deneb is roughly 9-10° off from the Martian celestial pole.
Edited by Peter Besenbruch, 01 October 2020 - 03:53 PM.