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Photographing Mars?

As Mars is at its closest approach, currently and very bright in the evening sky, has anyone tried photographing it?

If the conditions are right tonight I will have a go with the 300 2.8 plus EC-20

I had some success with this combination a couple of years ago when photographing Jupiter and some of its moons.

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Re: Photographing Mars?

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As Mars is at its closest approach, currently and very bright in the evening sky, has anyone tried photographing it?

If the conditions are right tonight I will have a go with the 300 2.8 plus EC-20

I had some success with this combination a couple of years ago when photographing Jupiter and some of its moons.

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Not seen it in its present location. But in the past its just a red dot. Could get the telescope out to look......
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Re: Photographing Mars?

Blimey - my Jupiter shots were back in 2012! Looks like I may only have used the EC-14 as well:

http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24415

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PS I used the EC-20 eventually
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Re: Photographing Mars?

Jupiter rings by Mark Johnson, on Flickr

This was my best Jupiter photo, but thru a 8" Newtonian scope....

Either expose for the rings or the moons.

Looks clear tonight, might have a go....
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Re: Photographing Mars?

Just a reminder of my effort with the 300 2.6 + EC-20:




That's 1 image pixel to 1 display pixel and it was with an E-M5 if I recall (16MP).

Mars should be bigger in the frame but probably with less visible features.

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Re: Photographing Mars?

Jupiter may be bright at the moment but I had no luck getting any details like I did in 2012, but I did get some of the moons:



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Re: Photographing Mars?

Blimey Ian your original Jupiter shot is better than I've been able to get even using a telescope!
I did manage to get a nice shot of the moons a while ago though just using my 12-100 handheld. More by luck than judgement as I was shooting the moon and some surrounding clouds and Jupiter was also in the shot. Didn't see the moons till I blew the image up on the PC.
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Blimey Ian your original Jupiter shot is better than I've been able to get even using a telescope!
I did manage to get a nice shot of the moons a while ago though just using my 12-100 handheld. More by luck than judgement as I was shooting the moon and some surrounding clouds and Jupiter was also in the shot. Didn't see the moons till I blew the image up on the PC.
Thanks In 2012, when I tok that, Jupiter was quite close to the Earth. There wasn't anything worth posting from my Mars efforts last night

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Re: Photographing Mars?

Seeing as I had the big 300 out, I spent post-breakfast coffee time sat in the back garden pointing it at some bickering pigeons on the roof and the day-time moon:

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