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Mars, Sep. 18

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#1 idp



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:02 AM

[also posted in sketching]

The website I usually consult did forecast seeing I for the morning of Sept. 18, so I drove to Bethany Observing Station (CT). It turned out to be around IV... Pretty weird, as those forecasts are usually reliable.

Anyway, I was there and here's the 1st Mars of the season, with intensity estimates (BAA scale). Not sure about the white clouds on the E limb, but Syrtis Maior should have been right there and I could not see it. I could not find any observations made at the same time. Uncertainties are due to bad seeing, not the small size of the planet; I'm always impressed at how much this planet can show on such a tiny disk.

Overall, the planet looked very much like in Paul Abel's sketch of the previous day but more cloudy.

Bethany Observing Station (CT), Sep. 18, 10:00 U.T.
Refractor 10" f/13.5, 430x, no filters.
Dia. 4.2"; Ls 23; CM 333.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:13 AM

You must have had a great session and viewing conditions! Your sketch is well detailed and it is reminescent of what I remember from my last sight of Mars, about a year ago at least, I guess. The features do seem to lie and blend the way you've drawn it. Good sketch.

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 03:09 PM

Bravo Ivano. Very nice work.


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Posted 20 September 2013 - 05:34 AM

Most impressive. Thanks for the views.

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 05:00 PM

Great that you had a good morning view. Nice sketches, thanks for posting.

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