Date (U.T.): October 2, 2010
Time (U.T.): 03:45
L1 80.6*, L2 336.8*, L3 185.2*
De 2.3*, Ds 2.1*, -2.77m, 49.6” (Equatorial)
Instrument: 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Filters: None (IL)
Seeing (1-10): 7-8 (periods of 9), Antoniadi (I-V) II
Transparency (1-6): 4
South Polar Region (SPR): Appears dark to dusky (3-4/10) and mottled. The SPR exhibited a pastel bluish-gray color which was diffuse and mottled. A bright (7/10) oval was noted following the central meridian (CM) over the northern portion of the SPR.
South South South Temperate Belt (SSSTB): Appears thin, dark to dusky (3-4/10), and irregular.
South South South Temperate Zone (SSSTZ): Appears shaded (6/10) and irregular (mostly following the CM). The portion on the CM appears wider than the rest of the zone.
South South Temperate Belt (SSTB): Appears thin, and dark to dusky (3-4/10) and connecting to a dark (3/10) complex (containing a bright (7/10) oval and also connecting to the STB) preceding the CM.
South Temperate Zone (STZ): Appears bright (7/10) and interrupted by the SSTB-STB complex described above.
South Temperate Belt (STB): Appears dark to dusky (3-4/10) and connecting to a dark (3/10) complex preceding the CM which also connects to the SSTB. The preceding half appears thicker than the following half.
South Tropical Zone (STrZ): Appears bright (7/10) without any detail visible within.
South Equatorial Belt (SEB): Appears still diminished in intensity, but dull (5/10) streaks are noted throughout the belt. It appears a pastel pinkish-gray color.
Equatorial Zone (EZ): Appears bright (7/10) with dull (5/10) streaks noted throughout. A few of the streaks appear to connect to the southern border of the NEB.
North Equatorial Belt (NEB): Appears dark to dusky (3-4/10) and containing a bright to very bright (7-8/10) rift on the CM which then curves and follows the belt towards the following limb. A dark to very dark (2-3/10) blue festoon base is noted at the EZ entrance of the rift. A large and dark (3/10) condensation is noted to be adjacent to the bright rift preceding the CM.
North Tropical Zone (NTrZ): Appears shaded to bright (6-7/10) without any other detail visible within.
North Temperate Belt (STB) Appears irregular and composed of discrete, dark (3/10) condensations (similar to “beads on a necklace”)connected over sections of it preceding and following the CM.
North Temperate Zone (STZ): Appears thin and shaded (6/10) and no other detail is visible within.
North North Temperate Belt (SSTB): Appears as a thin and smaller version of the STB (dusky condensations (4/10).
North Polar Region (NPR): Appears dark to dusky (3-4/10) and exhibits a similar bluish-gray mottling to that of the NPR, but more prominent.
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