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#1 Kris.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:38 AM

Hi all,

here's a mars sketch from last monday morning. unlike others in Belgium who experienced exceptionally good seeing earlier that night, i had very poor seeing conditions that morning.
it was really difficult to make out much, but some dark regions, the NPC and 2 brighter patches were visible.

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#2 kenrenard

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:03 AM

Kris,
Very nice sketch of Mars. I like your shading.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 10:46 AM

Quite realistic, Kris. I enjoy your rendition which shows the seeing conditions rather well. Despite this you managed to reveal quite a bit from the surface. Very good observation!

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 01:33 PM

Kris,

One of those great Mars sketches from you.
Impressive work from you as always.

Frank :)

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 08:21 PM

Wow. What a delightfull sketch. Beautiful.

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#6 Aquarellia

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 09:58 PM

Superb Kris.
I didn't know your internet site yet, whaw your planetary technique is top level. I observed Mars two nights before with my 12" 'Dob, the good sky I have here South France doesn't help me to make such quality sketches!
Michel

#7 Ed D

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:47 AM

Very nice sketch with lots of observed detail.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:00 AM

Nice sketch. You did well to get that much detail regardless of conditions.

#9 Kris.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:17 AM

thanks for the kind words everyone.

while i was checking the images at the CMO site i found this observation by Frank Melillo at nearly the same c.m. (9 vs. 17) which closely represents the view i had. apparantly his picture was also shot under poor (3/10) seeing conditions.

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it's not really a fair comparison, but this is pretty much how I see Mars under bad seeing (perhaps a little crisper)

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:12 AM

Wow, Kris, sorry I missed your sketch. Looks nice, very realistic.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 09:40 AM

Aquarellia: where'd you get that fantastic detailed light pollution map from on your site?

I want one too :grin: just to show how bad off we are!

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 10:30 AM

Kris, just cruised your sketches, You got some very nice work on your site.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:49 PM

Aquarellia: where'd you get that fantastic detailed light pollution map from on your site?
I want one too :grin: just to show how bad off we are!

Hi Kris, poor astronomer :bawling:! You can have this kind of info on http://www.avex-asso.org/
Sail on and find pages like here for Benelux : http://www.avex-asso...du-benelux-2011
"Success" ;)
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#14 Dean Norris

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:06 PM

Good sketch Kris. I like your use of color. Looks like the apodizing mask made good on a night of marginal seeing.

Dean

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:52 PM

Kris,

Nice sketch of Mars :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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#16 Tamas Bognar

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 01:39 AM

Kris,
Very fine sketch of Mars.

#17 Kris.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 07:53 AM

Dean: yes the apodizing mask is definitely capable of upgrading the seeing a notch. I'd recommend it to anyone who observes the planets, and it's easy and cheap to make yourself!

Michel: thanks for the link! wonderful! please enjoy this image of my observing location as a token of my appreciation :grin:
(It's the white crossmark in the middle of Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.)

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 06:47 PM

Very cool Mars sketch, Mars season should be great this year.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 02:19 AM

hi Kris,

nice sketch.

Bye
Christian






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