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#1 Rutilus

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:02 AM

Mars this morning. I had the planetary observers nemesis of rather poor seeing conditions, but features are there
for the taking if you put the time in.
Scope was my 6 inch f/15 refractor fitted with 10mm eyepieces in binoviewers.
Again! sorry for the poor re-production, we don't seem to get any quality light this time of year for photographing the sketch.

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#2 frank5817

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:19 AM

Rutilus,

Very fine and detailed sketch. Colors look great.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 11:33 AM

Rut, your kidding. Thats the first thing I noticed was the intetesting framing snd rendering of Mars. I think it's great as is. The second thing is the plethora of detail you waited for. That's planetary observing. Well done. The most detailed and colorful sketch I've yet seen this year. I need to get out more. :)

Edit: Okay, back on my PC, I can see the lighter background that was hard to get right. No worries, it's still a great rendition, Rutilus. Had the same problem with M42 sketch, initially.

Question, though. Mars is still very tiny. So are you able to tell what features you are seeing easily enough? Mare Acidalium in the north? Looks like it.

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 03:49 PM

Great amount of detail. I can only imagine your great view with a long refractor. Nice work.


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Posted 15 December 2013 - 04:07 PM

...I had the planetary observers nemesis of rather poor seeing conditions...


Nicely put, Rutilus. Good that you dealt with it--the sketch is fine. It looks like you could have captured Acidalium to the north and Margaritifer Sinus and Erythraeum to the south, both on the CM.

If that is true, then Sinus Meridiani and Sabbaeus are the dark area near the south preceding limb and Hellas is the bright area on the limb. I wonder if my speculation is correct--what is the date/time of the observation? Has the NPC shrunk that much?

Lucky you to get a look at the Red Planet even under these conditions. :cool:

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 08:36 PM

Its really great seeing you out the 6" f/15 to use. I've been enjoying the work coming from your sessions with it. Nice details despite the all too familiar nemesis.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 07:51 AM

Great observation and sketch Rutilus - I am really looking forward to observing Mars. Thanks for sharing your work.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:34 AM

Well done, showing lots of observed detail.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 04:56 PM

Rutilus,

Excellent sketch of Mars. It is early in the apparition. Your sketch though shows a lot of details. I'am looking forward to my next view of the Red Planet.

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#10 Rutilus

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 06:12 PM

Thanks everyone.

Michael, at first I thought I was observing Acidalium,but it was fainter and Acidalium has a distinct shape that I easily observe,
please see my drawing made a few weeks ago.
I spend a minimum of two hours at the eyepeice when observing Mars and this sketch (15th) was made from 06:30-
07:15 UT. I think the features in the North are Utopia and Elysium area.

Here is my sketch of Acidalium for comparison.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:22 PM

Does this represent the hemisphere - time on that screenshot is EST.

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 08:25 PM

Or is this better...


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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:52 PM

Thanks everyone.

Michael, at first I thought I was observing Acidalium,but it was fainter and Acidalium has a distinct shape that I easily observe,
please see my drawing made a few weeks ago.
I spend a minimum of two hours at the eyepeice when observing Mars and this sketch (15th) was made from 06:30-
07:15 UT. I think the features in the North are Utopia and Elysium area.

Here is my sketch of Acidalium for comparison.


Yes, I remember that sketch and Acidalium was quite prominent. I thought maybe it wasn't as prominent due to seeing.

I was totally mistaken and also got preceding and following reversed. You are correct--you show Utopia to the north and Tharsis (left/preceding with Elysium right/following. Here is a screenshot of Mars at 0650 UT 2013.12.15, CM 152° from Mars Previewer II courtesy of Leandros Rios.

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 12:26 PM

Rutilus,

Nice sketch of the Dec. 15th Mars :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

Tom






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