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Tele Vue Blog:Quickie Blog -- Mars Closest to Earth: NOW!

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Posted 07 October 2020 - 08:58 AM

We’ve reached the peak of the current Mars observing season today with the planet closest to Earth:62-million km or 38.5-million miles. At -2.5 magnitude and 22.6″ in diameter, Mars is a  conspicuous, intense orange target in the sky that is brighter than any star, except our Sun and is only outshone by Venus and the Moon in the nighttime sky. When it reaches opposition next week, on October 13th, it will still be 22.4″ in diameter and a tad brighter at -2.6 magnitude.  It will remain greater than 20″ in diameter for the whole month. So, weather permitting, put an eyepiece in the scope this month and show it to all your friends!

 

Quickie Blog -- Mars Closest to Earth: NOW!

 

Caption for the photo below: Mars Time Lapse 2020 Sept 30 by flickr user StormLV. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Celestron C8 with 4x Tele Vue Powermate (effective focal length: 8000 mm at ~ F/40) into ZWO ASI 224 MC color camera all carried by Skywatcher AZ-EQ-6 GT mount. Imaging was done through PierroAstro ADC Mk2 (Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector) and ZWO UV/IR Cut filter. Five stacks of a total of 31 caught over a span of 4 hours. Processed best 10% of 3000 frames. acquired with FireCapture. Stacked with AutoStakkert, processed with Adobe Lightroom and Topaz DenoizeAI.

 

 

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