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Sol Robbins
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Re: Mars 12.30.07 new [Re: frank5817]
      #2083539 - 12/30/07 02:50 PM

Many thanks!

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Re: Mars 12.30.07 new [Re: frank5817]
      #2084956 - 12/31/07 05:28 AM Attachment (69 downloads)

Sol,

A fantastic and highly detailed observation of Mars. You have recorded minute detail within the major albedo features. I have labeled the majority of features (although not all) visible. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos

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Re: Mars 12.30.07 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2085006 - 12/31/07 06:16 AM

Carlos, , thanks for this remarkable service !

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Sol Robbins
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Re: Mars 12.30.07 new [Re: novbabies]
      #2085129 - 12/31/07 09:13 AM

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Carlos, , thanks for this remarkable service !




Thanks Carlos.

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Kris.
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Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #2092468 - 01/03/08 11:57 AM

i had fair seeing last night for my first view of Solis Lacus this year! the whole area changed a lot since last opposition and looks bigger than compared, probably because mars's equator region is now tilted to us?

most striking was the limb brightening almost all around the disk, preceding and following limb. then there seems to be a dark line dividing the north polar cap from the hood, because the polar hood region wasn't as brilliant as the region below the 'line'. it was the most contrasty detail on the disk.
the polar hood itself looked to have a (cloud?)extension to the south.

i tried another set of color pencils and it looks better than all my previous sketches imo.

the sirius optics variable filter is really useful and fun to use on mars, especially the pink settings around 200 provided good views tonight.



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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2092682 - 01/03/08 01:25 PM

Kris,

WOW! This is a beautiful sketch. Your color selection is excellent. Keep up the great work.

Frank

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: frank5817]
      #2092732 - 01/03/08 01:42 PM

nice sketch, kris...glad you got your 1st good look at Solis Lacus...i imagine that filter is quite good and helps as you indicate...keep up the good work.

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: rusirius6278]
      #2092784 - 01/03/08 01:59 PM

Great sketch Kris!

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2093064 - 01/03/08 03:27 PM

Excellent work, Kris!!

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2093550 - 01/03/08 06:07 PM

Ooooo... Very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Mars 04/01/08 new [Re: ngc2289]
      #2097236 - 01/04/08 11:23 PM Attachment (69 downloads)

Hi all,

My compliments to Kris, Sol, and Carlos for your accurate, detailed, and beautifully done sketches of the Red Planet. Your skills and perserverance are an inspiration to us all.

Because of family obligations and poor weather, I have been unable to observe or even participate in this forum for quite some time.

I was fortunate to have an opportunity to observe Mars last night under above average seeing conditions. Conditions on the ground were less than ideal, with temperatures around 12F/-11C so I decided not to do a color pencil sketch. I was out in the cold for almost five hours, so I had to use all my arctic gear to stay comfortable.

Materials used were HB and 2B pencils, an eraser shield, a kneadable eraser and Strathmore 400 series 60# recycled paper. I used my finger to blend. The sketch was digitally flipped right to left from my SCT mirror-reversed original so I could submit it to the OAA/CMO website.

It was great to finally get another look at Mars--my last observation was Oct. 7th when the Red Planet was at an apparent diameter of ~10 arcseconds.

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Special Ed]
      #2097318 - 01/04/08 11:57 PM

Kris and micheal, great mars sketches,i have only had one chance to view mars in a month so thanks for sharing with us, nice to see you back sketching micheal,and yes mars is giving us a peek at its northern side.

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Tommy5]
      #2097588 - 01/05/08 02:28 AM

Michael,

Great sketch and report. The planet is still close enough for a good look if the seeing cooperates. This period of the last 3 weeks has been the poorest I can ever remember for December-January at my home in Northern Illinois. I anticipated some Mars observation and have been clouded out nearly every evening, night and morning. I hope I get an opportunity to observe soonbut if not there are always great sketches here like yours.

Frank

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: frank5817]
      #2097940 - 01/05/08 09:39 AM

Tommy, Frank, thanks! I know from news reports that you folks have been getting plenty of unfavorable weather--hope you get a break soon. The poor weather here is not unusual--we average two cloudy days out of every three.

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Special Ed]
      #2098496 - 01/05/08 01:16 PM

Great sketch Michael

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #2100552 - 01/06/08 10:31 AM

Kris and Michael,

Excellent observations of Mars. Kris captured much detail over the Solis Lacus and Mare Sirenum regions. Michael recorded Mare Cimmerium/Mare Tyrrhenum with Syrtis Major over the following limb. Thank you for sharing them with us all.

Carlos

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2100888 - 01/06/08 01:34 PM

Sol and Carlos, thank you. I also want to add that I thought Kris captured the yellowish appearance of Mars very well in his color sketch. That is how Mars appeared to me the other night when I wasn't using filters.

Also, I finally figured out how to digitally add a black background to my sketch--I like the contrast better. Comments are welcome.

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2101262 - 01/06/08 04:15 PM

Michael,

Wonderful sketch!!

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 [Re: rodelaet]
      #2101619 - 01/06/08 06:55 PM

Sol, incredible, inspiring.

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Re: Mars 02/01/08 new [Re: Mike Clemens]
      #2102040 - 01/06/08 10:03 PM

Thanks Mike.

You are also a very fine sketcher indeed.

Congrats on your new edition & Happy New Year!

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