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Patrick Prokop
Savannah, GA, USA
11:30 pm

Equipment Details:

Telescope: Celestron 11" Edge HD
Camera: Player One Uranus-C

Post-processing Details:

Best 2,500 frames from a 5,000-frame video file stacked in AutoStakkert, sharpened in RegiStax6, modified in Photoshop

Image Details:

The planet Mars 9 days before opposition. It was just shy of 51 million miles away at the time. I took this image when Mars was 60 degrees in elevation in my backyard. Since my location is only 3 meters above sea level, I was looking through a lot of atmosphere, which distorts the view. You can't miss Mars in the ENE evening sky as a brilliant fiery ruddy red looking star.