Lovely view of Mars!
Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:02 AM
Finally some reasonable (well, reasonablish!) seeing arrived in Leicester and I was able to make some drawings of Mars. Although we're past opposition and closest approach, visually the planet looks much larger and brighter than it did in the previous opposition.
Drawing 1 was made in IL. Syrtis Major is close to the proc. limb, it's most northern part contained a bluish hue. In the south Hellas was brilliant and white in colour- no doubt the basin is filled with white clouds. Sinus Sabeus streaked across the disk and showed some interesting darker sections. Acidalium visible on the fol. limb and was a notable bluish grey colour. Bright region on the fol. limb in Chryse I took to be more clouds. The NPC is now very small and surrounded by a somewhat irregular Lowell Band
Drawing 2 (W#80A), a very similar view to drawing 1, but the W#80A emphasizes the white cloud activity much more.
Posted 19 April 2014 - 06:38 AM
An excellent set of Mars observation showing many albedo features and cloud activity. Syrtis Major, Sinus Sabaeus, Sinus Meridiani, and Mare Acidalium are prominent. Impressive cloud over Hellas. Cloud activity over Aeria/Arabia. You also recorded an Equatorial Cloud Band (ECB) across Eden, Arabia, and Aeria. Thank you for sharing them with us all.
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Posted 20 April 2014 - 05:24 AM
Let's see how long we can follow the red planet for shall we? ;-)
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 05:53 AM
A very splendid sketch. I will try the 80A. I tried a W21 the other night with some success.