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#1 dweller25

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 05:22 PM

Mars - 22nd Feb 2010, 21:05UT

8" F/6 Newtonian, x300, no filters.

Seeing III, CM = 144'

Tonight Olympus Mons was right in the middle of the Martian disk. I was hoping it would be covered in bright white clouds making it easier to see but sadly no joy.

There were however some nice bright areas on both the preceeding and following limbs.

The NPC is now tiny and quite dim.

A 7.9 magnitude star was in close proximity - HIP40933.

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#2 frank5817

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 07:04 PM

dweller25,

Very subtle details but never the less an excellent sketch of how the planet really looks at the eyepiece.
Well done. Clouds over Nix Olympica would have been a real bonus. :waytogo:

Frank :)

#3 Tommy5

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 08:06 PM

Very nice Mars sketch, thanks for posting.

#4 Rick Woods

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 07:35 AM

Very nice contrast distinction in the desert area. Seeing that is no easy feat.

#5 dweller25

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 09:13 AM

Thanks for the replies.

The features were much more subtle than my drawing skills - LOL.

#6 Rick Woods

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 02:43 PM

Yeah, but that's always the case.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 03:14 PM

Nice sketch again! I hope you will see clouds on Olympus next time :fingerscrossed:

#8 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 02:23 AM

Good sketch,. really. It is not easy to differentiate the suble changings in brightness and color at the desert side.






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