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Transit Dreams Observatory, Campobello, SC
C14 Edge, F11, with a 2x Powermate, making the effective focal length F22 (7832mm). The scope is mounted on a SB MX+ mount. The camera is an ZWO ASI224C planetary cam. The equipment is housed inside the Transit Dreams Observatory with a 10' Home Dome. The SkYX software runs the mount.
Firecapture was used to capture video of the planet. Autostakkert was used stack the best 3% of 4000 video frames into a usable image. Registax was used to sharpen the data using wavelets. Photoshop and Pixinsight were used to sharpen, adjust the contrast, reduce noise in the final image.
I'm usually chasing near Earth asteroids at TDO (Transit Dreams Observatory) to help confirm new objects for the MPC. With Mars at opposition, I decide to take a break and see what I could get from the red planet This image, centered on the Mare Cimmerium region, was captured from the best 3% of 4000+ video frames and processed with multiple software apps to create the image. -Dennis Wilde