Date (U.T.) January 18, 2010
Time (U.T.): 06:15-07:00
CM (Degrees West): 234.4-245.3
Ls 039.5* (Mid-Northern Spring/Southern Autumn)
De: 16.1*, Ds 15.4*, Phase 99%, 13.9 arc-seconds
Instrument: 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Magnification: 295x and 443x
Filters (Wratten): 30 (Magenta) and 80A (Blue)
Seeing (1-10): 8, Antoniadi (I-V) II
Transparency (1-6): 5
06:15 U.T. (CM 234.4*W, Wratten 30 (Magenta)): The North Polar Cap (NPC) was brilliant (10/10) with dusky to dull (4-5/10) streaks noted within it. I believe I noted the initial separation of the NPC remnant Lemuria (~205*W) along the southern border of the North Polar Cap. The NPC dark to dusky (3-4/10) collar was composed of Lemuria and Utopia/Casius. The Hybaleus Extension was visible on the central meridian (CM) and appeared to be composed of dark to dusky (3-4/10) streaks and condensations (knots). Elysium was visible preceding the CM with a very bright (8/10) cloud over the northeast (north-preceding) sector of Elysium. Trivium Charontis/Phlegra/Azania appeared dark to dusky (3-4/10) and mottled over the preceding border of Elysium. Nodus Alcyonius was visible following the CM as an elliptical ("teardrop") shaped albedo feature. Mare Cimmerium was visible preceding the CM and appeared dark to dusky (3-4/10). Hesperia was visible as a diagonal, bright (7/10) following the CM. Mare Tyrrhenum (3/-510) and Syrtis Minor (3/10) were visible following the CM. Syrtis Major was visible as thin, dark to dull (3-5/10) projection ("finger") over the following (morning) limb partially obscured by very bright to extremely bright (8-9/10) haze. The preceding (evening)/southern/following (morning) limbs appeared very to extremely bright (8-9/10).
The best of luck in your own observations of Mars.