Hazy Mars at Opposition - Adam Lundie - Eatons Hill Observatory

Hazy Mars at Opposition

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Hazy Mars at Opposition
Mars is currently at it's closest to Earth since 2003, and appears as a brilliant red star in the sky. Unfortunately it is also suffering from a severe global dust storm, showing no signs of abating. This means even the polar ice caps are hard to see, let alone any surface features.


  • Infra-red: 1650/5000 frames at 92fps
  • Red: 750/5000 frames at 92fps
  • Green: 750/5000 frames at 92fps
  • Blue: 750/5000 frames at 92fps


  • Celestron EdgeHD 1100
  • SkyWatcher EQ8 Pro Mount
  • ZWO ASI290MM Camera


  • Orange zone in Brisbane, Australia. (Bortle 7)


  • SharpCap: Video recording
  • AutoStakkert: Frame extraction & stacking
  • PixInsight: Deconvolution, HDRMT, RGB combination, color calibration using north polar ice cap as white reference, pixelmath combine IR + RGB, rotation, unsharp mask, multiscale linear transform for noise reduction, global saturation.