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Photo of the Month for August, 2016

Two images of Mars

© 2016 Klaus Brasch

I finally enjoyed another night of reasonably good seeing and obtained the following two images of Mars with the AP-155 at f/28, with twin Barlows, the first in visible light the second through a Wratten #23 red filter to highlight the dark albedo features. Both were taken with the ZWO API 120MC webcam, and are stacks of approximately 15 of the best of 1500 AVI images. Processing in Registar and S-CS6.

The labels are as follow, South Pole SP, Valles Marinaris VM, and Acidalia Planitia AP. The Tharsis region is the huge volcanic uplift, which includes Olympus Mons.

Contributed by . . . Klaus Brasch        










Activities for August, 2016



Williams Public Viewing

      Friday, August 12, 2016 ( Sunset at 7:17 pm )

Observing is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Glassburn Park, in the natural area west of Rod’s Steakhouse parking lot. Take I40 west. Exit 165 into Williams. The park is about 2-3 blocks after the hill, just past the edge of town on the right.



Monthly Meeting

      Saturday, August 13, 2016

Title: "The Lowell Observatory Cameras for All-sky Meteor Surveillance (LO-CAMS)"

Speaker: Dr. Nick Moskovitz – Astronomer, Lowell Observatory

Following on the success of the CAMS network ( cams.seti.org ), an analogous video camera network for imaging meteors has been installed at Lowell Observatory and operated since January 2016. Initial results from the first six months of operations and opportunities for expanding the network will be discussed.

CAS Monthly Meetings and Astronomical Programs are held the Saturday closest to the First Quarter Moon at the Lowell Observatory Steele Visitor Center Auditorium ( 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm., unless otherwise noted ) followed by refreshments, informal discussion, and observing. They are open free to the public.












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© 2016 Klaus Brasch

Mars, June 12-16, 2016


I finally enjoyed another night of reasonably good seeing and obtained the following two images of Mars with the AP-155 at f/28, with twin Barlows, the first in visible light the second through a Wratten #23 red filter to highlight the dark albedo features. Both were taken with the ZWO API 120MC webcam, and are stacks of approximately 15 of the best of 1500 AVI images. Processing in Registar and S-CS6.

The labels are as follow, South Pole SP, Valles Marinaris VM, and Acidalia Planitia AP. The Tharsis region is the huge volcanic uplift, which includes Olympus Mons.

Contributed by . . . Klaus Brasch        








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