On Oct 13, 2020 the red planet reached opposition, being just visible after sunset low in the south-eastern sky. This is a favorable one, with Mars being at its closest on October 6 of 38,569, 224 miles, achieving a maximum diameter of 22.56 arc-seconds. The above image was captured with a CPC 11 Celestron using
Here is a very beautiful area captured during the last quarter moon We can see the prominent crater Archimedes on the left with the mountains surrounding it, To the right the crater Plato is conspicuous, nestled within Montes Alpes. Note the craterlets within Plato and the Alpine Valley nearby. Image by – Al Paslow.