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Mars & Deimos

Mars & Deimos
Mars & Deimos
Zoomglass
clock 2014-04-25 0 comment(s)

Quote This night would be short as the swedish spring is arriving meaning that the nights really don't get any dark. No biggie for planetary photography. I could never imagine that it would be possible to image any of Mars moons because I've always known these were fairly small. But I was proven wrong when swedish astrophotographer Peter R showed it was fully possible when he uploaded his image of Deimos (and later on of Phobos). All that was necessary (except for the equipment) was a little planning. It's really amazing that it's possible to capture this small moon with a relatively small amateur telescope considering the fact that the mean radius of the moon is 6,3km! Our next goal will be the even harder catch Phobos!

This is a mix of a long exposure mars and a shorter exposure for reference. The longer exposure is 0.1FPS with shutter 10.3s. 10 stacks out of 10. Quote

Date: 2014-04-25 / 22:17:00 UTC
Location: Ekerö, Sweden
Temperature: 10 °C
Telescope: Meade LX50 10" SCT
Camera: QHY5L-II-M
Mount: Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro Synscan
Other info: Red filter
Processing: Captured in Firecapture 2.3, stacked in AutoStakkert 2.1.0.5, processed in Photoshop CS6

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