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Mars, April 16th

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#1 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 03:17 PM

After some cloudy weeks I had the chance to see the Red Planet again. At a first glance it was hard to see any detail at all. Only in moments of very stable seeing I could detect features. Eye floaters were very disturbing.

Relatively easy to see is the polar cap wit its seam. Next I saw was a color difference between p an f edge. May be this is an effect of oblique light. The dark areas at the following half of the planet I saw only after a long time (~15 minutes) observing.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 04:24 PM

I am assuming that Mars is now showing a gibbous phase since we have passed opposition. Is that correct? Any way this is a real good drawing. I have enjoyed your work on Mars this year.

I also notice that Jef De Wit is showing Mars in a gibbous phase too. Very interesting.


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Posted 16 April 2010 - 05:21 PM

impressive sketch with lots of details!

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 11:47 PM


An excellent observation of Mars. You recorded a good amount of detail over Mars at a relatively small diameter. I believe that you may have reversed the preceding and following directions from the albedo features recorded. I have labeled the major albedo features noted. Thank you for sharing it with us all.


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Posted 17 April 2010 - 12:27 AM


It is wonderful to see you remaining with Mars. :cool: Excellent sketch and Carlos as always thanks for the labels so we know where we are. :bow: :bow: :rainbow: :rainbow:

Frank :)

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 02:49 AM

Again a nice Mars with a lot of detail. Your sketches of the Red Planet kept me inspired to observe Mars even when he's small.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 03:23 AM

Uwe, nice drawing, well done.

I tried too but seeing was terrible, will try again tonight ....

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