Saturday, January 5, 2019

Let the dust settle on Mars

Surface albedo of planet Mars under moderate seeing conditions

First light through my new ASI290MC. This camera generates huge data, with around 1GB per 4000 images, and frame rates as high at 200fps, even though PC USB port is 2.0.

Seeing conditions are not favourable so far. Mars is quite low in the sky, even at its culmination. At this low elevation in the sky, our atmosphere is quite turbulent. Another thing that is not favouring crisp imaging is the extensive dust still present in the martian atmosphere. The situation is now improving when compared to a month ago

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