Those three ovals were darn near dead center and immediately visible. This is what drove the sketch, I wanted to see them again. Got a bonus oval, too, preceding BA. Now, BA was on the following limb, so I noted it's position and went about sketching the north giving it time to rotate into view. After all the trouble BA gave me last week, there it was plain as day and in true oval form. It was amazing, especially with the STB bending up and away.
There was a lot of festoon activity, but it was a bit washed out tonight. I hope I captured it well enough to show that. It was more difficult to observe the EZ, never had one of those stellar moments where everything just etches. Had to work at this one. The EZ just seems awash in white plumes and very pale blue festoons. I did not really see a blue hue tonight, though, in the EZ generally. There were some faint hints of festoon activity forming along the EB. One very nice festoon was coming around the following limb.
The NEB was not as easy tonight, nor was the SEB. The trailing wake sloped down toward the following limb, but no distinct wake features were observed. Only a faintly brighter streak running down the norther edge of the wake. There were periods of Ant III seeing when I was trying to get caught up on the main belts. Plus I was focusing so much on the south, north, and the EZ. I missed some detail in both main belts due to seeing and concentrating on other features. But, there was one very nice bright spot in the NEB. No rifting was visible, but there was one small finger like extension poking out and pointing toward the following limb. The NEB was generally dark in the south and lighter in the north.
In the north, that brighter finger of cloud wrapping into view is just stunningly beautiful. The darker cloud over the top showed some distinct variations in thickness. Above it seemed to be some lighter tan cloud flaring north with a very faint hint of some darker clouds above that.
After the sketch was pretty much done, BA was nearing the meridian so I filled in as much detail as I could see. This included BA, and it even included the dark rings around those two ovals. Seeing had improved to Ant I as Jupiter hit the zenith. I tried to see if the NTrZ held some detail. About all I could see was it was very faintly brighter in the southern half. Other than that, it's pretty devoid and never get's much attention.
Seeing was basically Ant II, but both deteriorated and improved as the high scattered clouds blew through. The few day old waning gibbous moon was very nearby, maybe less than 5 degrees. Sketch began using 8mm TMB II (240x), then went to UO 18mm HD ortho with 1.6x Barlow for 174x. Then up to 260x with a UO 12mm HD ortho and 1.6x Barlow.
System I = 31, System II = 326, 19 Dec 1600UT.
Thanks for sharing, what a great night. (Edit: Does this template make my STrZ look fat? Hmmm...it's scaled to an actual image. But, it looks fat.)