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Mars   [obsolete]

Image Details:

Camera: Nikon D100
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Eyepiece Projection
Additional Optics: Celestron "Kit" 4mm Plössl
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 16000mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/80
Exposure: 2 x 1/8 sec + 1 x 1/4 sec @ ISO 200
Date: 8/23/2003, 1:30am PDT
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: Manual
Focus: Manual
Dithering: None
Guiding: None

Processing:

  • IRIS: registration, stacking, wavelet processing, cropping
  • Photoshop: rotation, image scale (1/2 x), JPG conversion

Image Description:

Taken within days of Mars' historic rendezvous with Earth in August of 2003, within weeks of getting my C8-NGT, and long before I knew what the heck I was doing. It was rather cool of Jon to let me borrow his D100 to get this shot. Mars' North is up.