In order to transfer images to be verified and placed on the MarsWatch website, we have set up a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server. This server is convenient and fast, and only requires a few instructions to help you get started. After you have finished uploading your images, please send an e-mail message to David Klassen so the images can be processed to the web site as quickly as possible.
If you have problmes or difficulty with the FTP site, you can attach your images to your e-mail message and they will also get processed. Use of the ftp server, however, is preferred.
If at all possible, please send all images as JPEG or GIF format. These formats are the most universal and allow us to quickly view, verify and post them to the MarsWatch website. If you send a file of a different type, please indicate this by the extension you use for the file (".tif" for TIFF, ".pic" for PICT, etc.).
When sending an image, please name it YYYY-MM-DD-OOOA.FOR where YYYY is the UT year of observation, MM is the month number, DD is the day number, OOO is your observer code, usually your first, middle, and last initial. A is a letter for multiple images on the same day (start from "A", then "B", etc.). FOR is the standard image format suffix (e.g. jpg, gif, tif, etc.). This will make the work of posting your image on the website and the ftp area much easier.
Be sure to include an ASCII text description of this image and name this text file the same as your image file, with the extension .txt" (this way we can keep images and descriptions together). The description only need be one or two sentences long but can be as descriptive as you wish. We reserve the right to edit descriptions for length and clarity, but for the most part we probably will not have that kind of time, so please make your descriptions as clear as possbible. At the very least include your full name, date, time and place of observation, fliters used (if any) and sky conditions for the observation. Additional information on observing techniques would be appreciated by all.
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