Hi Soapbox pals !
This stereoscopic Red Planet Special is the result of sequential stereo opportunism. Geeky astro people like me are always on the lookout for a pair of photos which will make good 3-D image when combined as a stereo pair. These two pictures were taken about 16 minutes apart by one of our greatest amateur astrophotographers – Damian Peach. In that 16 minutes, Mars rotated just enough to give us the baseline we need, to make those two pictures just different enough for our needs.
Use an OWL viewer of free-view this pair, and you’ll see that Mars looks like a marble – it’s as if we had eyes a few millions of miles apart – each eye getting a slightly different view of this cosmic masterpiece ! Enjoy.
And if you’d like some tips on how to enjoy stereos to the max, please visit LondonStereo.com and have a nose around.
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