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Mars Image 2018/04/07(UT)

Clyde Foster
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Clyde Foster
We returned home on Wednesday from our wedding and honeymoon, 
which I hope draws to a close a period of nearly two months where my planetary imaging was heavily disrupted. 
Over this time, and during a period of torrential rainfall, 
the motorised roll-off roof of my observatory mysteriously opened by itself, 
exposing the C14 and mount to the deluge. 
The scope and mount have been stripped and cleaned and are currently being tested, 
and there is a possibility I may have them back over this weekend.
In the meantime, I have rather rapidly reinstalled my previous Meade 12h ACF back in the observatory. 
Polar alignment has not been fine-tuned , and collimation is also not perfect at this stage.
But at least I was able to capture the attached RGB and IR images of Mars this morning, with the South Polar Hood prominent. 
The Vallis Marineris complex is just above the centre of the image. Seeing was below average.

[Clyde Foster:Centurion,South Africa]

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