The planet Mars is the 7th largest planet and is the 4th planet from the sun.
Mars has a red colour and it is often known as the Red Planet.
Mars has permanent ice caps at its poles, which is mostly composed of solid carbon dioxide which is basically "dry ice".

The following collages show my image side-by-side with a computer generated image 'as seen from a space ship' (courtesy CalSky).
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March 10, 2010 20:16 - 20:21 UT.
Imaging: LX200 10-inch f/10 with 5x Powermate operating at f/50 [focal length 12500mm], Canon 1000D DSLR camera [unmodified], no additional filters.
Captured in Movrec LiveView, 5x zoom, 290 seconds @ 19fps giving 5600 frames.
Altitude : 58.5 degrees, True distance: 0.8406956 AU [126 million km].
February 16, 2010 21:16 - 21:22 UT.
Imaging: LX200 10-inch f/10 with 5x Powermate operating at f/50 [focal length 12500mm], Canon 1000D DSLR camera [unmodified], no filters.
Captured in Movrec LiveView, 5x zoom [click here to view the Movrec capture screen], 343 seconds @ 19fps giving 6395 frames.
Camera settings: Tv, ISO 400, exposure 1/15s, manual White Balance: colour temperature 4200K.
Altitude : 53.7 degrees, True distance: 0.7083695 AU [106 million km].
Mouse in/out to see the annotated version.
February 5, 2010 22:33 UT.
Imaging: LX200 10-inch f/10 with 2.5x Powermate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250mm], standard ToUcam webcam, Baader Infrared Blocking Filter.
Altitude : 55.4, True distance: 0.6733100 AU [101 million km].
January 31, 2010 21:16 - 21:22 UT.
Imaging: LX200 10-inch f/10 with 5x Powermate operating at f/50 [focal length 12500mm], Philips ToUcam webcam, Baader Infrared Blocking Filter.
Altitude : 42.5 degrees, True distance: 0.6658390 AU [100 million km].
January 26, 2010 20:32 UT.
Imaging: LX200 10-inch f/10 with 5x Powermate operating at f/50 [focal length 12500mm], Canon EOS 1000D DSLR [unmodified], no filter.
Altitude : 29.5 degrees, True distance: 0.6640863 AU [99 million km].
February 4, 2008 18:49 UT.
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
Altitude : 50.9 degrees, True distance: 0.8076741 AU [121 million km].
February 2, 2008 20:17 UT.
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
Altitude : 61.8 degrees, True distance: 0.7922188 AU [119 million km].
January 30, 2008 21:12 UT.
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/50 [focal length 12500 mm].
Altitude : 65.1 degrees, True distance: 0.7693417 AU [115 million km].
January 22, 2008 20:16 - 20:19 UT.
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
Altitude : 58.7 degrees, True distance: 0.7122048 AU [107 million km].

First light for my ETX70-AT: my smallest Mars ever !
January 22, 2008 18:56 UT.
Imaging: ETX70-AT, 70mm, f/5 with 2x Vixen HQ Barlow operating at f/10 [focal length 700 mm].
Altitude :43.7 degrees, True distance: 0.7117137 AU [106 million km].
January 13, 2008 19:29 - 19:34 UT.
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
Altitude : 62 degrees, True distance: 0.6590117 AU [99 million km].
January 1, 2008 22:39 - 22:45 UT.
The first real test of my home made Dew Heater: works fine!
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/50 [focal length 12500 mm].
Altitude : 62 degrees, True distance: 0.6098289 AU [91 million km].
December 22, 2007 21:26 - 21:31 UT.
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
Altitude : 47 degrees, True distance: 0.5909263 AU [88 million km].

Please note that my following Mars images have South up ...


December 18, 2007 20:20 and 22:06 UT.
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
AVI @ 20:20 UT: altitude : 33.7 degrees, True distance: 0.5893517 AU [88 million km].
AVI @ 22:06 UT: altitude : 47.5 degrees, True distance: 0.5893499 AU [88 million km].
December 17, 2007 22:25 - 22:30 UT.
Altitude: 50.8 degrees, True distance: 0.5894727 AU [88 million km].
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
December 16, 2007 00:43 UT.
Together with Matthias Meijer - who fixed my scope ! - I imaged my first Mars since November 2005.
Altitude: 61.25 degrees, True distance: 0.5902990 AU [88 million km].
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2.5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/25 [focal length 6250 mm].
November 23, 2005 20:52 UT
Altitude: 46,5 degrees, True distance: 0.5182942 AU [78 million km].
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 5x Televue PowerMate operating at f/50 [focal length 12500 mm].
November 22, 2005 23:20 UT
Altitude: 53 degrees, True distance: 0.5143009 AU [77 million km].
Imaging: LX200, 10 inch, f/10 with 2x Vixen HQ Barlow operating at f/20 [focal length 5000 mm].
November 18, 2005 20:46 UT
Altitude: 43 degrees, True distance: 0.4987053 AU [75 million km].
First light for my LX200, 25cm, f/10 with 2x Vixen HQ Barlow operating at f/20 [focal length 5000 mm].
November 5, 2005 22:18 UT
Altitude: 50 degrees, True distance: 0.4680958 AU [70 million km].
Mars 2 days before opposition; Olympus Mons, one of the volcanos on Mars is clearly visible.
Imaged with TAL-2M, 15cm, f/8 with 5x Powermate operating at f/40 [focal length 6000 mm].
November 1, 2005 23:17 UT
Altitude: 50 degrees, True distance: 0.4647433 AU [70 million km]
I am happy with this image: for the first time I captured Olympus Mons, one of the volcanos on Mars.
Olympus Mons is the largest volcano in the Solar System: three times higher than the Mount Everest.
Imaged with TAL-2M, 15cm, f/8 with 5x Powermate operating at f/40 [focal length 6000 mm].
October 26, 2005 22:45 UT
Altitude: 43 degrees, True distance: 0.4649566 AU [70 million km].
Imaged with TAL-2M, 15cm, f/8 with 5x Powermate operating at f/40 [focal length 6000 mm].
October 20, 2005 21:37 UT
Altitude: 28,8 degrees, True distance: 0.4711788 AU [70 million km]
Imaged with TAL-2M, 15cm, f/8 with 3x TAL Barlow operating at f/24 [focal length 3600 mm].
October 11, 2005 22:13 UT
Altitude: 28 degrees, True distance: 0.4900361 AU [73 million km].
Imaged with my TAL-2M, 15cm, f/8 with 5xTelevue Powermate operating at f/40 [focal length 6000 mm].
October 9, 2005 23:18 UT
Altitude: 36 degrees, True distance: 0.4954755 AU [74 million km].
Imaged with my TAL-2M, 15cm, f/8 with 5xTelevue Powermate operating at f/40 [focal length 6000 mm].
August 28, 2005 02:18 UT; my first Mars of this apparition alas under awful seeing conditions.
Altitude: 40 degrees, True distance: 0.6829716 AU [102 million km]
September 30, 2003 22:06 UT.
Altitude: 23 degrees.
True distance: 0.4520966 AU (68 million km)
September 18, 2003 22:24 UT.
Altitude: 22 degrees.
True distance: 0.4077046 AU (61 million km)
September 16, 2003 23:13 UT.
Altitude: 22 degrees.
True distance: 0.4020125 AU (60 million km)
September 2, 2003 23:59 UT.
Altitude: 22 degrees.
True distance: 0.3749209 AU (56 million km)
August 26, 2003 00:07 UT.
Altitude: 21 degrees.
True distance: 0.3728692 AU (56 million km).
August 25, 2003 23:59 UT.
Altitude: 21 degrees.
True distance: 0.3728692 AU (56 million km).
This is what I saw on my laptop screen during imaging.
August 24, 2003 00:14 UT.
Altitude: 22 degrees.
True distance: 0.3735624 AU (56 million km)
August 24, 2003 00:14 UT.
From raw frame via stacking/aligning and wavelet processing to the final image.
August 20, 2003 01:10 UT.
Altitude: 23.5 degrees.
True distance: 0.3765736 AU (56 million km)
Mars in bad seeing.

August 18, 2003 01:38 UT.
Altitude: 24 degrees.
True distance: 0.3788990 AU (57 million km)
Here are the camera settings that I used.