Mars last Wed. from Mt. Lassen

by Michael Huster

Last Wednesday I went up to the Bumpass Hell parking lot at Lassen Natl Park. Others were dissuaded by the high cloud cover. I set up around 8:30 and waited. There were reasonably stable views of Mars through the clouds. It was much better seeing than at Whiskeytown the previous Sat.

Finally at 10:00 the clouds thinned enough to get some good views. I took photos using a Nikon CoolPix 4300 afocal with a 15mm eyepiece and a 2.5x PowerMate. You can see some chromatic abberation in the first photo. I must have been off axis with the diagonal & PowerMate. I didn't see the abberation at the time. The second photo is with an 80A filter.