Mars at Opposition - 8 apr 2014

mars 08/04/2014 dfk21 - opposition

Mars, during 2014 opposition (Planet size: 15 arcseconds). Note the lack of clouds above Sinus Aurorae region (chain of dark spots), which became clearly visible on images taken 1-2 days later by other astrophotographers. Taken in Nesher (Haifa), Israel, 08/04/2014, ~00:20 (UTC+3). Seeing 6/10. Telescope: Skywatcher BKP250 250mm newtonian (F/30, total F=7700mm), NEQ6 mount. Camera: Imaging-Source DFK21AU618 colour, with Televue 5X powermate. Stack of 1200/7000 frames.