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Mars closest approach - 6 Oct 2020


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About this observation
Geof Lewis
Time of observation
06/10/2020 - 23:42
Observing location
x2 Powermate
Astronomic RGB
13ms (75 fps)

After 2 weeks of cloudy skies, the heavens cleared for me on 6 October allowing me to grab some data for the below image of Mars just a few hours after it's closest approach this apparition and in fact for several years to come. I say cleared, but in fact I was constantly dodging passing clouds with several video runs having to be aborted and restarted, but I got there in the end.
Seeing was variable sometimes quite good, but other times more challenging, but I would say fair overall.
Most of the relevant capture details are on the annotated image. The image comprises the best 30% of each AVI with me shooting 5xR and 4xGB, the clouds eventually shutting me down during the 5th G. I also captured 5xIR, but decided that using the 5xR stack as a luminance was slightly better than using the 5xIR for this image, so it is an R-RGB image.

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