The Red Planet Returns 
Mars comes close to Earth every 18 months or so. This year opposition was on 8 April, and I was able to image the planet that night.

This image was captured from my Orion SPX 250 telecope using an AE 3x Imagemage. The camera was Philips ToUCam 740 and I captured separate colour (using a Baader IR blocker filter) and luminance (using a home-made IR-pass filter). Each of these was around 2500 frames stacked in Registax 6, using 2x drizzle, sharpened with wavelets, and post-processed in The Gimp.
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