Mars 08/25/2003

Here we see Mars just two days before its maximum opposition.  This animated GIF shows approximately 4 hours of the planets rotation.  There are nine frames in this sequence each taken 30 minutes apart.  Click on the image to see a collage of the individual frames.

Location:Gastonia, NC
Optics:C8, 6000mm f/30
Exposure:500 x 1/50 sec
Camera:Philips ToUCam Pro
Mount:Losmandy G11