12/11/13 6:45 - 7:20 UT
CMI 248.62 CMII 246.96 CMIII 43.12
171x Apodizing Screen 10" f/6 Newtonian
Seeing 2.5 Transparency 5 Santa Cruz, CA
The GRS has a pronounced red color and seems to be more vivid than last years apparition. In the GRS itself there is a darker potion in the center with the darker portion being in the southern part. North of the GRS a lighter area wraps around it extending into the turbulence that follows the GRS.
The SEB prominent feature on this side is the turbulence that follows the GRS. This turbulence consists of oval cells lined up extending almost across the entire side. There is an especially bright oval that terminates the turbulence and it's at this point that the SEB is very dark following it. The SEB appears bicolored at this point with the dark potion on the north side.
The EQZ has festoons some being garlands that form an entire arch. The festoons extend from dark bluish festoon bases. These were also seen in last years apparition.
Barges are absent from the NEB this apparition, (from what I've seen). Last apparition there were some large dark ones but they seem to have expired.
The NTB seems to have mellowed and is not as vivid this year.
Let me know if these observations agree with yours. I'm looking forward to more good views of Jupiter and want to observe Oval BA, WSZ,LRS and others weather permitting.