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MarsWatch 1996-1997

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2 May 1997


Mars image acquired on May 2 1997 using a D.30 cm F/24 Cassegrain telescope at direct focus and a DTA HiRes 400E CCD camera (KAF-400E chip, 768x512 pixels, 16 bit A/D converter).

The image is the enhanced sum of 11 normalized original frames. Exposure times are 0.1 sec with photometric filter I (centered at 820 nm).

The enhancement was obtained by:

  1. Image restoration using the Van Cittert algorithm
  2. Fourier filtering using the Butterworth low-pass filter
  3. Contrast enhancement using unsharp masking
  4. Image enlargement by 50% using biquadratic interpolation
  5. Histogram stretching for exposure matching

Authors: A.Leo, G.Quarra
San Gersole` Planetary Group - Florence (ITALY)
U.A.I. - Planetary Section, Mars Program

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