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#1 frank5817

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:08 AM

Earth’s atmosphere was only permitting a mediocre view at best.
To the south bright Hellas was visible up to the limb. Mare Tyrrhenum, Mare Cimmerium and southern Syrtis Major all appeared dark, contrasting nicely with lighter Libya and Aeria. The northern reaches of Syrtis Major appeared much lighter than the southern parts. Alcyonius Nodus was intermittently visible.
A portion of Elysium could be seen but was mostly cloud covered. Utopia and the North Polar cap were plainly visible. Limb haze was present on both the preceding and following limbs.
It is always a pleasure to view and attempt to make a sketch of Mars.

Equipment and Sketching:

This is an eyepiece sketch made with a HB graphite pencil, blending stumps, white Pearl eraser on white sketching paper. Colorized version made indoors from the eyepiece sketch and notes on the colors needed from colored pencils.
Date 05/06/2014 – Time 04:10 - 05:15 UT
Telescope: 13.1 inch f/5.9 Dobsonian and 6mm eyepiece 333x with a Neodymium filter stacked on a neutral density filter; An Equatorial platform was also used
Temperature: 6°C (43°F)
Partly cloudy, breezy
Transparency 3/5
Seeing: Antoniadi III-IV

Mars: May 06, 2014 04:30 UT
CM254°, Dist. 0.66 AU
Dia. 14.15”, visual mag. -1.1
Illum.96.5 %

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#2 frank5817

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:09 AM

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#3 Tommy5

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:31 PM

Very nice Mars sketch , the sky looked a bit hazy last night glad you got a chance to observe.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 02:59 PM

Frank,

Nice sketch of Mars on May 6th :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 03:20 PM

Frank, lovely sketch of Mars.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 07:25 PM

Frank, nice sketch. Your 13.5" is capturing a lot of detail.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 08:38 PM

Tommy5, Tom, Rutilus and Ed,

Thank you all. The sketch was made at the midnight hour on Monday night which is early Tuesday in universal time.
It was too windy to use powdered color pencil "lead", so I sketched with a graphite pencil and blending stumps. Colorized sketch was made indoors from my note on colors to use and the B&W eyepiece sketch.
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Posted 07 May 2014 - 10:22 PM

Hi Frank

Great images! Thanks

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 11:26 PM

Again a fine Mars skecth, thank you.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:04 AM

Chuck and Uwe,

Thank you both for your kind words.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:49 AM

Hey Frank
You're starting to infect me with Aperture Fever. I love those views.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:59 PM

Frank,

An excellent observation and report of Mars. I made a similar observation the day before that I will be posting soon. The best of luck in your future observations.

Regards,
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Posted 08 May 2014 - 04:51 PM

Realistic Mars colors.
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Posted 08 May 2014 - 08:58 PM

Frank,

A very nice rendering. Despite the so-so seeing I thought you caught quite a lot actually. Well done my friend.

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:26 AM

Frank,
A very nice view with lots to see. Bravo!


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#16 frank5817

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 09:12 AM

Carlos, Stan, Pete, Ken,

Thanks for your kind words guys.
There is just something special about observing Mars.
Chuck you are in a great place to observe with a larger scope, especially with dark skies to your north.

Frank :)






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