Resources for Observing Mars

In the year 2016 the planet Mars will be at opposition and close to our planet Earth.

Listed below are some sites on how to observe the planet Mars and detail information on the 2016 opposition.

This information is from the presentation at the LAS regular meeting

Software and web sites with information on observing the planet Mars.

Mars Preview II

Websites about observing Mars

Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers (ALPO)

Download observing forms

British Astronomical Association (BAA)

Mars Section

Links to other sites are found on the ALPO and BBA sites.

Using filters to view Mars:

Yellow (W8) Enhances Martian cloud details.

Yellow (W12, W15) to brighten desert regions, darkens bluish and brownish features.

Orange (W21, W23A) further increases contrast between light and dark features, penetrates hazes and most clouds, and limited detection of dust clouds.

Red (W25, W29) gives maximum contrast of surface features, enhances fine surface details, dust clouds boundaries, and polar cap boundaries.

Yellow-green (W57,W11) darkens red and blue features, enhances frost patches, surface fogs, and polar projections.

Blue-Green (W64) helps detect ice-fogs and polar hazes.

Blue (W80A, W38, W38A) and deep blue (W46, W47) shows atmospheric clouds, discrete white clouds, and limb hazes, equatorial cloud bands, polar cloud hoods, and darkens reddish features.

Wratten Filter Numbers and color guide

Wratten Color

#8 light yellow

#11 yellow-green *

#12 yellow

#15 dark yellow

#21 orange

#23A light red

#25 red

#30,#32 magenta

#38,#38A light blue

#46,#47 violet or deep blue

#56 light green

#57 yellow green *

#58 green

#64 blue-green

#80A median blue

#82A light blue

Neutral density These filters simply darken bright objects and reduce glare for better resolution of details.

More information on color filters below:

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