23rd August 2003 - 02:11

Technical details: Tal-2m + Philips TouCam Pro and Tal X2 Barlow + Baader IRB filter. 300 frames captured K3CCDTools. Brightness 100%, Gain 2%, 1/100sec, Gamma 0 - 200 frames stacked using RegistaxV2.0 LRGB Image resized X2 and wavelet filtering 1,1,1,1,7,40 applied. Colour adjusted in PS4.

Alt 19.5deg, Phase 99.6%, Diameter 25.02arcsecs, Distance 0.374AU (57 million Km). In this image Mars is only 4 days from its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years!