Edit: My reply post further down features an up-sized serving.
Imaged Mars again the night before last (August 8th) from Peterborough on the highway to Broken Hill...we'd imaged from the caravan park several years back now but found a nice place the town has set aside for fully self-contained RV type vehicles etc. (ie, no power or sewerage, but no problems for us)
It was really the best vista for us in this large area on the North side of this old, declining railway hub - but we forgot just how plurry cold these places get...winding up the cords from our generator the next morning was invigorating using bare hands, what with their sheath of ice..!
We had intended to kick off our Neptune imaging for this year but it was so cold we reluctantly called it quits after Mars...next time definitely!
Quite a few folks have commented on Mars' features presently - what we find rather interesting is the changes to those areas where the dust has settled pretty reasonably over the last few weeks & where well-recognised landmarks/darker albedo features appear to have taken on quite altered appearances since the widely-spread & quite severe dust storms that have swept across Mars.
Aeolis - M. Cimmerium - Memnonia - Daedalia - Syria from West to East, with Gomer Sinus just risen in the far West...with Olympus Mons further North & the Tharsis volcanoes to the East are all familiar Martian albedo forms, but alongside the more "regular" albedo variations others have become fairly prominent with the redistribution of dust across the planet - which also includes craters seemingly enhanced in appearance/clarity by lighter coloured dust settling on their floors, much the same way Valles Marineris has also been very clearly delineated in the interim.
Here's a couple of r-g-b images with the attendant r-channels as well 2 iR610nm captures: we also captured iR742nm images but I have chosen not to display them as their times are fairly comparable to the 610nm captures...& these are much better resolved although as I demonstrated with some of our images recently the contrast is often greater via the 742nm filter...but at 83° elevation anything the longer wavelengths delivers becomes a moot point in all but very poor seeing.
Edited by Kokatha man, 10 August 2018 - 09:18 PM.