The first album cover below shows Mars on Mar 8 2014 at 4:51 AM. Note the white area to the left of the image center; this is an orographic cloud covering Olympus Mons, the largest volcano and tallest mountain in the Solar System. Additional clouds are clustered to the left of Olympus Mons (extending inward from the 8 o'clock position on the planet's limb). These clouds cover several more volcanoes as well as an area to the North of Valles Marineris. The North Polar cap is split into 2 small white areas between the 11 and 12 o'clock position of the image. Between these white areas is a sand dune field.
Seeing and transparency were rated as average in the CSC. I captured this image with a C11 SCT, a 3x barlow and an OSC astronomy camera.
In this image Mars was 12.4 arc seconds in diameter at a distance of 112.8 million kilometers and 96% illuminated.
Please click on any of the album cover images below to reach the entire collection of images for the planet or moon shown. For example clicking on the Jupiter album cover takes one to 3 separate collections of images captured between 2010 and 2014. Clicking on the 2012-2013 collection of images opens up every image I've taken of Jupiter between August 30 2012 and May 1 2013. Each of these images may be clicked on to reach a larger version of the image together with a more detailed description.
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