MARS observations

Last updated: 27 Oct. 2020


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MARS
Mars 1993 opposition
Mars 1995 opposition
Mars 1997 opposition
Mars 1999 opposition
Mars 2001 opposition
Mars 2003 opposition
Mars 2005 opposition
Mars 2007 opposition
Mars 2010 opposition
Mars 2012 opposition
Mars 2014 opposition
Mars 2016 opposition
Mars 2018 opposition
Mars 2020 opposition

Albedo MAP of MARS (1988-2001)


4x 50mm MARS template ( Gabarit de dessin )

4x 70mm MARS template ( Gabarit de dessin )


MARS 1995 opposition: (partial)

[504 K] 24, 26 Feb., 09 Mar. 1995 [504 K] 27, 29 Mar., 7, 9 April 1995
[465 K] 09, 12, 19, 20, 30 Mar., 2, 14 April, 3 May 1995

MARS 1997 opposition: (partial)

[119 K] 18 Mar., 20, 30 April, 3 June 1997 [94 K] 16 Nov. 1997 (Small disk but seeing fair...)

MARS 1999 opposition:

Some of the best of the season:

[120 K] Mars: 15 May 1999

[170 K] September 20, 26, October 23,24 1998

Diameter 4.1-4.5" back in the morning sky...: very good images on Oct. 24: Hellas yellowish, NPC large and obvious (+dark rim), Syrtis M., M. Erythraeum: dark, S.Sabaeus near the limb.

[170 K] 17, 18, 19 December 1998, 14 January 1999

[189 K] 30 January, 15 February (x3), 1999

[190 K] 07 (x3), 12 March 1999

[185 K] 23 (x2), 25 (x2) March 1999

[438 K] 27 April, 1, 9 (x2) May 1999

[153 K] 22 april 1999

[227 K] 11 (x2) May,

[201 K] 14, 15 May 1999

[264 K] 15, 19 May, 12 June, 1 Jul. 1999
(70mm)

[193 K] 19, 20 June, 4 Jul., 3 Aug. 1999

[270 K] 29 Aug., 17 Oct., 14, 19 Dec. 1999

MARS 2001 opposition:

Some of the best of the season:

[65 K] Mars: 28 May 2001 (Edom flare?) [71 K] Mars: 12 June 2001

[245 K] 13 Feb. - 31 dec. 2000, 17, 19 Mar. 2001

[141 K] 27 Mar. - 12 May 2001

[217 K] 13 - 19 May 2001

[349K 100dpi]

[190 K] 26 - 28(x2) - 30 May 2001

[375K 100dpi]

[180 K] 01 (x2) - 5,10 June 2001

[372K 100dpi]

[212 K] 10.9,11.9,12.0,13.9 June 2001

[323K 100dpi]

[384 K 100dpi] 15, 23, 24, 24 June 2001

[165 K] 25,28,29 June, 12 July 2001

[284K 100dpi]

[314 K] 14,16,20,21 July 2001

[516K 150dpi]

[304 K] 21, 24, 28(x2) July 2001

[522K 150dpi]

[74 K] 30 July, 1, 3, 4 Aug. 2001

[384K ~150dpi]

[76 K] 5, 8, 9, 10 Aug. 2001

[294K ~150dpi]

[75 K] 11, 12, 14, 16 Aug. 2001

[511K ~200dpi]

[75 K] 24, 25, 28 Aug., 01 Sep. 2001

[75K 150dpi]

[75 K] 01, 08, 22, 23 Sep. 2001

[298K 150dpi]

[83 K] 25, 27 Sep., 8, 13 Oct. 2001

[330K 150dpi]

[84 K] 13, 16, 21 Oct. 2001

[335K 150dpi]

[81 K] 24 Oct., 01 Nov. 2001

[317K 150dpi]

[84 K] 03 and 10 Nov. 2001

[330K 150dpi]

[85 K] 15 Nov., 7, 16, 23 Dec. 2001

[331K 150dpi]

[147K] 23, 29, 31 Dec. 2001, 5 jan 2002

[477K 150dpi]

[140K] 05 jan., 2, 16, 17 Feb. 2002

[303K 150dpi]

MARS 2003 opposition:

Some of the best of the season:

[65 K] 19 July 2003 (Good with the 25.6-cm) [73 K] 23 August 2003 (and add Phobos to the left) [133 K] 26 September 2003 (details in s.Meridiani, with 40.7-cm)

[224K] 10 Mar. 2002

, 15, 25 Jan., 9 Mar. 2003

[215K] 14, 25 Mar., 7, 11 Apr. 2003

[217K] 16 Apr., 3, 12, 15 May 2003

[206K] 23, 29, 30 May, 6 June 2003

[215K] 7, 9, 12, 14 June 2003

[233K] 16, 18, 22, 23 June 2003

[261K] 24 June, 5, 8, 9 July 2003 (updated)

[264K] 10, 10, 11, 15 July 2003 (~ good seeing)

[264K] (18, 19) 19, 20 July 2003 ( good seeing)

[264K] 22, 23, 25 July, 5 August 2003 (fine)

[233K] 29, 31 July, 2, 5 August 2003 (not so good seeing)

[277K] 6,8,9, 12 August 2003 (seeing not too bad, Mars hazy)

[274K] 19, 20, 21, 22 August 2003 (25.6->40.7-cm)

[264K] 23,25,25,26 August 2003

[276K] 27-28 August, 12, 15 Sept. 2003 (T256 vs T407 opposition nigh

[77K] 20 August 2003 (with Phobos and Deimos)

[68K] 24 August 2003 (with Phobos and Deimos)

[74K] 31 August 2003 (with Phobos and Deimos)

[275K] 16, 18, 21, 25 Sept. 2003 (Good images with T407)

[272K] 28 Sept., 1, 3, 5 Oct 2003 (images with the T256)

[275K] 12, 12, 14, 15 Oct 2003 (images not so good)

[286K] 21, 22, 28 Oct., 01 Nov. 2003

[225K] 5, 7, 8, 24 Nov.. 2003

[224K] 9, 15, 18 (x2) Dec. 2003

[220K] 21 dec. 2003 - 3, 7, 17 jan. 2004

[220K] 19 jan., 16, 26 Feb., 12 Apr. 2004

A few pictures: hand-held camera (50mm obj. lens): behind the T407 (Sensia 400)

23 Aug. 2003 02:00 UT 1/60 F/D=29

23 Aug. 2003 02:01 UT 1/30 F/D=29

23 Aug. 2003 02:02 UT 1/30 F/D=29

23 Aug. 2003 02:05 UT 1/30 F/D=57!

27 Aug. 2003 00:40 UT 1/30 F/D=29

16 Sep. 2003 22:55 UT 1/30 F/D=29

16 Sep. 2003 23:01 UT 1/30 F/D=57

MARS 2005 opposition:

Some of the best of the season:

[214 K] 31 Aug., 2 Sept. 2005
(Good seeing with the 40.7-cm)

[103 K] 10 Nov. 2005
(Good seeing an warm; Pic des Fees)

[86 K] 11 Nov. 2005
(Relatively good seeing but cold; Caussol)

[107 K] 18 Nov. 2005
(Good seeing in Versailles 0C)

[83 K] 18/19 Nov. 2005
(Later in the same night)

[200K] 18, 20, 22, 24 June 2005

[210K] 14, 16, 22, 28 July 2005

[196K] 17, 26, 28, 29 Aug. 2005

[194K] 31 Aug., 02, 04, 11 Sep. 2005

[190K] 17, 18, 20, 21 Sep. 2005

[198K] 23, 25, 26, 28 Sep. 2005

[199K] 09, 10, 14, 15 oct. 2005

[195K] 17, 23, 25, 26 oct. 2005

[45K] 23 oct. 2005 (smaller and quick, 4:25 UT)

[200K] 30, 31 oct., 4, 5 Nov. 2005

[198K] 8, 8, 10, 16 Nov. 2005

[199K] 17, 18, 20, 23 Nov. 2005

[232K] 28 Nov., 5, 10, 11 Dec. 2005

[238K] 18, 25, 25, 29 Dec. 2005

[159K] 23 oct. 2005// 31 Dec. 2005, 4, 14 Jan. 2006

[158K] 15, 21, 31 Jan., 8 Feb. 2006

[319K] 9, 10, 15 Feb. 19 Mar. 2006

[73K] 29 October 2005 (with Phobos and Deimos)

[72K] 05 November 2005 (with Phobos and Deimos)

A few pictures: hand-held camera (50mm obj. lens): behind the T407 (Sensia 400)

15 oct. 2005 2:17 UT, 1/30s 21.28m F/D=52

15 oct. 2005 2:22 UT, 1/60s 9.92m F/D=24

MARS 2007 opposition:

[300K] (29 April 2006) 12, 14, 17 July 2007

[300K] 21--30 July 2007

[300K] 01-13 Aug 2007

[300K] 04--08 Sep 2007

[300K] 13-21 Sep 2007

[300K] 22--30 Sep 2007

[300K] 05--17 Oct 2007

[368K] 19, 23 Oct., 28 Nov., 16 Dec. 2007

[380K] 18, 22 Dec. 2007, 7,9 Jan 2008

[373K] 16, 22, 26 Jan 2008

[248K] 13, 16, 23 Feb. 2008

A few pictures: Canon Powershot A710 IS behind eyepiece (233/116x407 L):

14 July 2007 4:02.0-4h07.2 UT, 12x 1/30s 7602mm F/D=29.7

16 Dec. 2007 23h26.6 UT, ~20x1/30s 4060mm F/D=10

19 Dec. 2007 0h37.6 UT, ~20x1/30s 4060mm F/D=10

9 Jan. 2008 21h54.9 UT, ~20x1/30s 4060mm F/D=10

MARS 2010 opposition:

[275K] 16, 21, 30 Aug., 25 Oct. 2009

[280K] 20 Nov., 12, 26 Dec. 2009, 17 jan. 2010

[375K] 30 Jan., 1, 18 Feb. 2010

[371K] 19, 20, 23 Feb., 2 Mar. 2010

[373K] 2, 6, 7, 9 Mar. 2010

[320K] 4 and 8 Mar. 2010 with 38cm Arago Refractor

[384K] 11, 22 Mar., 1, 5 April 2010

[745K] 10, 18, 24 April 2010 and 4 Jan. 2012

[262K] 21 Apr., 06 June 2010, 3 and 28 Sep. 2011

A few pictures: Canon Powershot A710IS behind eyepiece (135x407 L):

26 Dec. 2009 3:57-4h00 UT, 9x1/80s (200ISO) + 10x1/40s (100 ISO) 4685mm F/D=11.5

1 Feb. 2010 22h08.2 UT, ~40x1/60s (100 ISO) 4685mm F/D=11.5

2 Mar. 2010 21h13.2 UT, 15x1/50s+20x1/40s (100 ISO) 4685mm F/D=11.5

11 Mar. 2010 21h57.8 UT, 23x1/50s (100 ISO) 4685mm F/D=11.5

10 Apr. 2010 20h02.4 UT, ~50x1/40s (100-200 ISO) 4685mm F/D=11.5

MARS 2012 opposition:

[262K] 21 Apr., 06 June 2010, 3 and 28 Sep. 2011

[755K] 21 Feb., 8, 12, 24 Mar. 2012

[644K] 14 Apr., 01, 03 May 2012

[705K] 24 Mar. 21:17 UT and 24 Mar. 2012, 23:00

[616K] 26 Mar. 20:15 UT and 28 Mar. 2012, 19:40

[610K] 02 Apr. 20:10 UT and 12 Apr. 2012, 20:03

MARS 2014 opposition:

[716K] 2, 13, 16, 16 March 2014

[749K] 20, 30 March, 10, 10 April 2014

[685K] 13, 14, 16 April, 14 May 2014

[543K] 15 May, 4, 15, 18 June 2014

[544K] 21, 22 June, 14, 16 July 2014

[512K] 14 Apr. 22:53 UT and 14 May 2014, 22:10

MARS 2016 opposition:

[451K] 30 April 2014, 27 May, 16, 19 July 2016

[556K] 27 May, 4,6, 9 July 2016

[549K] 17, 28, 29 July 02 Aug. 2016

MARS 2018 opposition:

[338K] 7, 20 May, 15 June, 17 July 2018 (poor seeing)

[459K] 22 May, 3, 20, 20 June 2018

[470K] 23, 25, 26, 27 June 2018

[474K] 30 June, 3, 3, 4 July 2018

[452K] 6, 7, 8, 12 July 2018

[196K] 16, 22 (+24 to scan....) July 2018

[405K] 26, 30 July, 7 Aug. 2018

[414K] 17,27, 28 Aug., 8 Sep. 2018

[361K] 8, 10, 10, 11 Sep. 2018

[390K] 19, 26, 27 Sep., 4 oct. 2018

[380K] 13, 14, 18, 17 oct. 2018

MARS 2020 opposition:

[388K] 6, 9, 14, 22 Aug. 2020

[359K] 22 Aug. 4:10 UT and 26 Aug. 2020, 4:15 UT

[356K] 04 Sep. 2:35 UT and 10 Sep. 2020, 1:58 UT

[340K] 12 Sep. 1:15 UT and 14 Sep. 2020, 0:40 UT

[356K] 18 Sep. 3:00 UT and 21 Sep. 2020, 0:20 UT

[343K] 13 Oct. 22:40 UT and 17 Oct. 2020, 21:55 UT

[340K] 18 Oct. 22:20 UT and 21 Oct. 2020, 21:15 UT

[421K] Mars with satellites: 22 sep. and 10 oct.
A few pictures: Sony Alpha7s + T407 + Powermates 4x and 2x:

6 Aug. 2020 4h16.7 UT, 27 images (1/100s 1000 ISO) (T407mm F/D=34.4

14 Sep. 2020 2h10.7 UT, 37 images (1/100s 1000 ISO) (T407mm F/D=34.4

21 Sep. 2020 2h02.8 UT, 48 images (1/100s 1000 ISO) (T407mm F/D=34.4

13 Oct. 2020 23h48 UT, 45 images (1/100s 1000 ISO) (T407mm F/D=34.4

Mars + Phobos+Deimos 10 Oct. 2020 23h46 UT (1/20s 40000 ISO) (T407mm F/D=34.4

Mars + Phobos+Deimos 13 Oct. 2020 23h52 UT (33 x 1/20s 40000 ISO) (T407mm F/D=34.4


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