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Mars from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia 2014-05-03

Mars from Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia 2014-05-03

I set up in haste tonight, as the sky was a bit cloudy and the seeing was really good - I didn't want to lose the opportunity. So I didn't bother with polar alignment and went from there. As it turned out, the clouds stayed away just long enough for me to get a 7-minute video. Here is the result.
The northern ice cap is easily visible, as is Utopia, Tyrrhenum, and Syrtis Major. There is also a large cloud band stretching across the globe, and sadly, Mars is becoming noticeably gibbous, meaning that it is past opposition and will look smaller every night.
Video taken with a T3i DSLR on an 8"SCT/AVX mount combo. Frame selection performed in PIPP, and frame stacking and post-processing was performed in Images Plus. Post-processing included statistical sharpening, edge sharpening, saturation boost, noise reduction, and stretching, mostly done using masks.
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