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Mars 16 Aug 2018 - Solis Lacus - 3 min capture, 


            Seb Lukas

Mars 16 Aug 2018 - Solis Lacus - 3 min capture

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Meade LX 200 12" ACF

Imaging camera:Celestron Skyris 236C

Mount:Meade LX200 Fork Mount

Guiding telescopes or lenses:

Guiding cameras:

Focal reducers:

Software:PhotoShop CS6AutoStakkert 2.6.8REGISTAX 6ACDSee 10 Ultimate

Filter:Celestron UV/IRCUT 1.25"

Accessory:TeleVue 2x Barlow

Resolution: 967x870

Date:Aug. 16, 2018

Time: 14:21

Frames: 1200

FPS: 145.00000

Focal length: 6096

CMI: 101.20

Seeing: 4

Transparency: 9

Locations: Gungahlin, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Data source: Backyard


Another Mars aspect taken in the first half hour of Friday 17 August.

Seeing was not as good as earlier on that night resulting in decreased contrast of albedo features and higher overall noise levels.

Solis Lacus (colloquially known as 'the Eye of Mars') is crossing the terminator with a trio of Tharsis volcanos also on view. Peak of Olympus Mons is prominent in the East.

I followed the same processing workflow as for the Valles Marineris image but had to bump up wavelets slightly due to deteriorating conditions.



Seb Lukas
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons


Mars 16 Aug 2018 - Solis Lacus - 3 min capture, 


            Seb Lukas