Mars is really, really far away.

This is Mars. Shot with my longest lens (a 400mm) with a 1.4x teleconverter and the 1.6x crop factor of my Nikon D7000, giving it an effective focal length of almost 900mm.  And it's still just a bright dot in the frame.  It actually looked way better to my naked eye - a nice bright red shining dot in the sky.  I think I'll have to wait till it gets a bit closer before I can photograph the Martians punting their boats along those canals.

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