Absolutely amazing images on this thread from a number of really nice old scopes! I am a fan of old achromatic refractors and have a 4.5" f/15 Brashear and 5" f/14.2 Edmund. While I have posted an image of Mars earlier with the 4.5" Brashear, I have not had a chance yet to see how the Edmund performs. However, on the night of December 13, 2022 I was invited to observe Mars and Jupiter with the 26" Clark refractor at Leander McCormick observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since I go the invite while I was at work, I did not have time to run home and get my trusty QHY 290C camera. Instead, my friend Scott Busby met me at the office and he brought his ZWO ASI 385MC and off we went.
The seeing was pretty good, and at 660X Mars was a sight to behold. After a round of visual observing we attached the camera and captured about 11 2000 frame sequences. Enclosed is an annotated image made from one of those sequences. I think the chromatic aberration present may have softened the image with this camera as visually it looked very sharp with a ton of detail in the dark features and even the NPH showed ragged and mottled detail . The camera may have had more sensitivity in regions not visible to the eye that were not focused as well. Anyway, I wanted to post our results as I don't think there are too many images out there of Mars taken using modern planetary cmos cameras on old large refractors. I will have regular access to this telescope in the future and will post more results as I get them. I'm thinking about trying a technique using monochrome camera with filters, and then combining the images into a color one. Maybe that will effectively deal with the chromatic aberration. Any thoughts?