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Mars observation Jan. 22th

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#1 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 03:42 AM

Dear observers,

yesterday I had the chance to see the Red planet with good seeing and under a "interesting" CM. The northern polar cap got smaller again, but I could not detect any divisions in the cap as others report.

The souther polar hood seems to start its development.

At the sketch you can see Nilacus Lacus, mare Erythraeum and Chryse quite contrasty. Lunae Lacus and Arcadia could not be seen at the first glance but were clearly visible.


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#2 markseibold


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Posted 23 January 2010 - 05:27 AM


Very nice sketch of Mars with great surface details :bow: :bow: :bow: Also thanks for sharing the explanation. It will give me something to focus on and realize when I finally get the clear skies.

I wish I could just get a night or two of clear steady skies to see what you are seeing.

I look forward to seeing your next observing session and sketches of Mars.


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Posted 23 January 2010 - 07:47 AM

Nice drawing Uwe.

I tried to get out last night but had mount problems !!

I'll just enjoy your sketch instead :-)

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:02 AM


Nicely done. Glad to see someone taking advantage of some clearer skies.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 10:09 AM

Uwe, I enjoy your use of color. I noticed your maginification of 144x. I was observing for about 40 minutes between rainclouds and tried 120-300x. At 300x, I could see the shape of the dark features better, but I have to admit I like the view in my 4" refractor better at 120x. Colors were much better saturated and the planet looked as if I was approaching in a spaceship. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:03 AM


Great sketch as Mars gets closer to earth. You have captured much detail in very nice fashion. Excellent post!

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 12:45 PM

Voilà une belle Mars pleine de détails !

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Posted 23 January 2010 - 11:06 PM


An excellent observation of Mars. You have recorded Mare Acidalium and the North Polar Cap (NPC) very nicely. I have labelled the major albedo features noted. Thank you for sharing it with us all.


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