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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: frank5817]
      #2150027 - 01/27/08 08:35 PM

Frank,

Thank you for the kind compliment on my latest observation of Mars. The best of luck in your own observations.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2150135 - 01/27/08 09:43 PM

Carlos,

The contrasting magenta and blue renditions are very interesting when entire albedo features appear or disappear.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #2150249 - 01/27/08 10:30 PM

Sol,

Thank you for the compliment on my Mars observation. It is interesting in being able to detect features at different wavelengths over Mars and the other planets. This includes a faint albedo (dark) feature using a red (e.g. Wratten 23A) or cloud (e.g. Wratten 38A) filter.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2156288 - 01/30/08 04:04 PM

terrific sketch and colors Carlos! the side by side sketches are always interesting to see!

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: DSalters]
      #2156307 - 01/30/08 04:13 PM

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No filters, Kris?! With my 6" Dob, I can't even dream of not using filters. It's way too bright...even during twilight. Did you not use them because of your high magnification?

I've yet to observe Mars under good seeing conditions since August (back when it was only around 7"--and yet I still am only seeing about the same amount of detail due to seeing). I sure wish for a crisp edge of Mars' globe and an image that doesn't come and go with details. Maybe this is others' experience too and I'm not alone.




Daniel, it's probably a combination of high power and the fact that i don't really like filters for viewing mars. however i don't doubt their usefullness, i use a #23a orange filter and a sirius optics variable filter regularly and i'm very pleased with them. it's just that sometimes i prefer to view without filters. during the opposition of 2005 i didn't use any filters at all, perhaps that's also why i'm used to the very bright image of mars thru the ep sometimes there's definately more to see with the right filter, and sometimes the view is better unfiltered. that's my opinion...

in my experience the sessions when mars stays crisp and sharp throughout long periods of time are not often. mostly it's somewhat as you describe; the details come and go with the seeing. don't give up, mars is still pretty big now. persistent bad weather really messed up my 'january-observing' too

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2159846 - 02/01/08 04:33 AM

Kris,

Thank you for the compliment on my latest observation of Mars. The comparison at red and blue wavelengths is interesting in the detection of the surface features and clouds/haze visible at a specific time. The best of luck in your own osbervations of Mars.

Carlos

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2164635 - 02/03/08 09:14 AM

here's a sketch i made yesterday under average seeing conditions. the shrinking phase is easily seen. i could see much limb brightening and some white/lighter spots just off the preceding edge. could that have been clouds or clouds on mountain tops perhaps? the area south of mare cimmerium (that's eridania & ausonia i guess?) had a greyish look to me.



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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2164832 - 02/03/08 10:54 AM

Great sketch Kris.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2165061 - 02/03/08 12:19 PM

Kris,
Wow! That's exceptionally nice.
thanks for sharing.
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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: unleaded55]
      #2165276 - 02/03/08 01:50 PM

Kris,

Great sketch. Excellent work with the colors.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: frank5817]
      #2165278 - 02/03/08 01:51 PM

great sketch Kris, good use of color.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2165676 - 02/03/08 04:50 PM Attachment (77 downloads)

here is a sketch i made of Mars from last week,the cm on mars was about 318 degrees,hellas was bright like a second polar cap, and the rough albedo features of syrtis major and the "pipe and claw' could been seen,this was only the second of mars for me this season, seeing very variable from clear to aweful,sorry for the delay in posting.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Tommy5]
      #2166692 - 02/04/08 01:20 AM

Tommy5,

This is great you got a chance to sketch Mars. Nice work. I also got a look at it a week or two ago but the seeing was terrible and I could not have sketched much at all. Our observing weather south of Chicago for the first half of winter has been very poor. This week ahead does not look good for us but I try to remain hopeful.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: frank5817]
      #2166869 - 02/04/08 06:49 AM

Nice one T!

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #2167387 - 02/04/08 12:55 PM

Kris and Tommy,

Excellent observations of Mars. You have both recorded a good amount of detail over the surface of Mars as well as clouds. Thank you for sharing them with us all.

Carlos

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2167642 - 02/04/08 02:51 PM

thanks everyone, i've got the impression that my eyes are more adapted to picking out small details on the disk now. I don't believe i could've detected the sort of white spots and variations in colors in october when mars had about the same size as now as i saw in my last sketch.
too bad mars is shrinking rapidly again now though.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2167653 - 02/04/08 02:54 PM

nice sketch tommy! sinus sabaeus looks great, hellas appeared as very bright to me too in december. it's sad you've only got 2 chances so far to observe mars

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2168757 - 02/04/08 10:41 PM

Thanks Frank,Sol,Carlos and Kris you guys are all top notch sketch artists,it was hard for me at 220x and variable seeing to make out much more than the rough albedo markings thanks to all of you for giving us a great view of mars this season.

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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Tommy5]
      #2180530 - 02/10/08 04:14 AM

here are two sketches showing the side with solis lacus showing. i had a much more detailed view of this area early january, but mars is now already 5" smaller again!

chryse & argyre appeared very bright, especially argyre looked as white as a polar cap!





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Re: Mars 22/01/08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2180605 - 02/10/08 07:02 AM

Cool! Very nice picture. I hope to this also one day.

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