Okay, start in the south this time. Those white ovals in the STZ are so very difficult. Maybe even impossible in a 6". But, last night there just seemed to be a little something there. Whatever it was seems a little far south to be ovals, but something tickled the retina in that vicinity. So, they got thrown on the sketch with the caveat of "maybe" having seen them.
Okay, for the first time, really, I got to actually see a little color in BA. Some of you report it often, to me it was just grey. Not last night. It was really kind of a peach or light orange-ish. The GRS, too, just the slightest hint of some tone other than grey. That was exciting. That darker trailing oval was less distinct, only saw it a handful of times. There is a faint belt preceding BA, too.
Oh, the wake was quite nice. Okay, I realize I have been missing some accuracy sketching the wake as it passes over the GRS. It's not diving down onto the GRS, at least not anymore. It's actually stretching across the GRS almost connecting both sides of the wake. The "string of pearls" effect was not as evident, but there certainly was a lot going on in the trailing wake. Pretty hard to sketch.
In the SEB, the festoons seem pretty indistinct. That are definitely blue, but kind of all crunched up against the NEB. Just laying there, no real prominent streaks jetting into the EZ (even though I over did one just a bit.) There are some darker patches of albedo between the festoons and the EQ belt, and of course a few very white spots and white streaks.
Now, the NEB was devoid of it's brighter rifts, and it's almost plain. Almost. If you look closely, there are definitely some softer, light albedo in the north, and corresponding a bit darker albedo in the south. This gives the NEB a very broad, molted look.
The NTB seemed to lack it' "eyeliner." But, there are some darker sections across it's northern edge. Even a tiny bit of abledo variance near the east.
Anyway, this session took over an hour and a half ending at 1630UT. Sys I 298, Sys II 301. What else? Oh, seeing about 8 to 9/10, trans mag 5. This was sketched at 175x with UO 18mm HD Ortho and Celestron 2x shorty working at 1.6x.