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Our Solar System
LocationPommier Observatory, Portland, OR, USA
Date2012-03-06 through 2012-03-09 on dates and times indicated.
EquipmentCelestron Compustar C14 Telescope/Mount with Tele Vue 2x Power Mate (f/22) Point Grey Research Flea3 Color Camera Each image, best 300 frames out of 1500 at 24 fps. Seeing conditions were poor (Damian Peach scale), but clear weather in March is rare in Oregon!
DescriptionThree images of Mars during the 2012 opposition, despite poor seeing conditions. The left images shows Utopia and Casius point, Syrtis Major (including Huygens crater), Arabia, Sinus Sabaeus , Sinus Meridiani, and Acidalia Planitia. The Hellas basin has cloud cover, and blue haze can be seen on both the eastern and western limbs. The center image shows Syrtis Major on the western limb, Arabia Planitia, Sinus Sabaeus , Sinus Meridiani, and Acidalia Planitia with Achillis Pons, Margaritifer Sinus with Oxia Palus. The right image shows Utopia and Casius point, Syrtis Major Arabia, Sinus Sabaeus , Sinus Meridiani, and Acidalia Planitia. The Hellas basin again has cloud cover.
LocationDeer Trail, CO
Date3-25-12 6:04 UT
EquipmentJMI NGT-18 18" Newtonian telescope on a split ring mount. SBIG ST-2000XM ccd camera
DescriptionSupernova in galaxy M95. Two asteroids crossed paths next to the supernova SN 2012aw as colored streaks. The uppermost asteroid streak is (23898) 1998 SC60, the lowermost is (49458) 1995 AH2. Images is composed of 30 minutes each of LRGB with 5 minute subexposures.
LocationHigh Bridge, NJ
EquipmentCanon 50D and Canon 300 f4L IS, ISO 800, F5.6, 1/8 sec.
DescriptionThe Moon and Venus shine brighly after sunset.
LocationSt. Petersburg Florida
Date3/13/12 3:00 UT
EquipmentC14/Paramount ME/Lumenera Skynyx 2.0M @F40 Astrodon Filters RGB
DescriptionView of the Elysium Region (center) and Mare Cimmerium to the south. Olympus Mons is shrouded in clouds (far right). Mars current orientation reveals a great view of the northern polar cap.
LocationSant'Agnello (NA) -Italy
Date2012-03-29 20:23 UT
EquipmentTelescope C8 with camera mono Magzero and RGB filters.
DescriptionClouds in the Hellas region.
LocationBuena Vista, GA
DateMarch 15, 2012 7:23 UT
EquipmentC14@f/28 Paramount ME PGR Flea 3
DescriptionThis is an image of Saturn and it's moon, Rhea taken under good seeing.
LocationKathleen, GA USA
Date27 March 2012 03-17-10 UT
EquipmentC-14 at F-28 with a DMK 21 AU618.AS mono camera using Astronomik RGB filters.
DescriptionAs the Tharsis Shield rotates around the morning limb, volcanos can be seen poking through the mist and clouds.
LocationSt. Petersburg Florida
Date2/27/12 - 3/5/12 ~4:00 UT
EquipmentC14/Paramount ME Televue 4x Powermate Lumenera Skynyx 2.0M Astrodon RGB Filters
DescriptionDuring these six days surrounding opposition, you can see the subtle changes in cloud features. March 1st had particularly good seeing here in Saint Petersburg, revealing details of Syrtis Major and the receding polar cap. The last couple of images show a significant increase in clouds emerging in the Elysium region.
LocationSt. Louis, MO
Date03/08/2012 2330 hrs EST
Equipment8" Meade Lightbridge .5 focal reducer 24mm Celestron (8-24mm zoom) lens Kodak EasyShare 14MP wide angle 4X zoom with homemade mount/modified T-Adapter
DescriptionHigh contrast pic of the full moon (mostly) on 03-08-12
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
LocationHendersonville, TN, USA
DateMarch 6, 2012 at 10:09am CST
EquipmentTelescope: Lunt Solar Systems LS60THa/B1200CPT Accessories: LS50FHa Double-stack etalon Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Camera: Imaging Source DMK31 Exposure: 20.20ms (each) Gain: 529 (each) Length: 1:00 @ 30fps (each) Acquisition: Fire Capture Processing: Registax 6 Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5; ImagesPlus 4.5 Capture time: March 6, 2012, 10:09am - 10:13am CST Capture conditions: ~60°F; transparency: Above avg 4/5; seeing: Above avg 4/5
DescriptionOn March 6, 2012 we captured this 4-panel mosaic of our daytime star. This image shows the massive sunspot 1429 to the upper left, with sunspot 1430 just below, and sunspot 1428 over to the right. At the very bottom of this shot is a neat, horseshoe-shaped filament and along the solar limb are many great prominences. Several plages are visible in this image as well.
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