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First Mars Image of the 2020 Apparition, 


            Chappel Astro

First Mars Image of the 2020 Apparition

Acquisition type: Lucky imaging

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C8 Edge HD

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI174MM

Mounts: Celestron Advanced VX

Software: Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight  ·  Topaz Labs DeNoise  ·  FireCapture  ·  WinJUPOS  ·  Photoshop  ·  AutoStakkert!

Filters: ZWO Red 1.25"  ·  ZWO Blue 1.25"  ·  ZWO Green 1.25"

Accessory: Celestron X-Cel LX 3x Barlow

Date: Jan. 12, 2020

Time: 12:35

CMI: 121.70

Seeing: 3

Transparency: 6

Resolution: 720x300

Locations: Home, Cibolo, Texas, United States

Data source: Backyard


I left my telescope out all night after imaging Venus with the hopes of imaging Mars. To my surprise, everything was covered in slushy dew when I came back. The sky was also full of thin clouds.

Viewing the red channel by itself helps brings out surface features, while the blue channel brings out the ice clouds.

There appears to be an ice cloud near the terminator, the line between day and night.
I suspect the South Polar Hood is visible in the blue channel
Mare Sirenum is visible as a dark area straddling the southern limb of Mars.