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rusirius6278
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Re: Mars Observations 2007-08 new [Re: Catapoman]
      #2032941 - 12/06/07 03:14 PM

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That's it! You're hooked!
You may as well give up any hope of sanity right now - Mars has got you!




Already lossing sanity as I'm thinking about going out tonight on one of the coldest nights this year so far, but the seeing conditions looks promising.




same here, Pernel...except for the good seeing part... ...but i`m going out, anyway...the itch has become too strong after being clouded/snowed in for over a week...i`m going insane inside this blasted house...i got to get outside and get me some quality Mars, etc., time to keep what little sanity i have left... ...now, if only i could remember where i left that scarf...



Jim

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Re: Mars Observations 2007-08 new [Re: rusirius6278]
      #2033043 - 12/06/07 03:54 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Quote:

That's it! You're hooked!
You may as well give up any hope of sanity right now - Mars has got you!




Already lossing sanity as I'm thinking about going out tonight on one of the coldest nights this year so far, but the seeing conditions looks promising.




same here, Pernel...except for the good seeing part... ...but i`m going out, anyway...the itch has become too strong after being clouded/snowed in for over a week...i`m going insane inside this blasted house...i got to get outside and get me some quality Mars, etc., time to keep what little sanity i have left... ...now, if only i could remember where i left that scarf...



Jim




i know how you feel, i've been clouded out for nearly 3 weeks

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Re: Mars Observations 2007-08 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2034067 - 12/06/07 10:58 PM

Pernel,

Great Mars sketch. This is the place to post and learn--there are some outstanding Mars observers here.

Welcome to Mars Mania

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Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: Special Ed]
      #2034359 - 12/07/07 02:49 AM Attachment (57 downloads)

I had very good seeing and cold temperatures. Albedo features during this were a bit confusing to me. After a while observing and after starting this sketch did it gradually became evident that the major feature here was Solis Lacus.

I used a 2H pencil and the paper I mentioned before. Again, this paper blends smoothly and takes graphite in a quick and controlled manner which imparts a depth that shows up when scanned.

Details are imbedded in sketch.

Best,

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #2034675 - 12/07/07 09:15 AM

Sol,

Great job on your sketch. The albedo features really appear to lack contrast this apparition. The North Polar Hood looks huge and that is an interesting bright area you saw on the p. limb--looks like the area of Chryse.

Thanks for braving the weather--cold temps add a whole new level of difficulty to sketching.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: Special Ed]
      #2034683 - 12/07/07 09:23 AM

Michael,

The brightening at Chryse was one of the more interesting areas.

I guess what was so confusing about the Solis Lacus area seems to be an apparent softening of its boundaries and a change in its shape. Same goes for Phoenicus, Noctis and Tithonius.

I don't know if its a redistribution of dust and/or the more inclined angle or aspect of Mars during this apparition.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #2034692 - 12/07/07 09:30 AM

From what I can gather, it's probably a little of both.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: Special Ed]
      #2034873 - 12/07/07 10:57 AM

Pernel and Sol,

Thank you both for braving the cold and producing the wonderful sketches of Mars. I continue to wait out the clouds.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: frank5817]
      #2035301 - 12/07/07 02:35 PM

Oh my Sol! that's a beautifull view of the eye

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: Kris.]
      #2035490 - 12/07/07 03:43 PM

Frank & Kris,

Thanks.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #2035524 - 12/07/07 04:03 PM

Michael and Frank, Thank you.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 new [Re: Sol Robbins]
      #2035536 - 12/07/07 04:08 PM Attachment (53 downloads)

Nice job, Sol.

I was out last night too. Seeing was much better and it was evident at the eyepiece. Sessions in this kind of cold when not accustomed to it becomes pretty short, but rewarding.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 [Re: Catapoman]
      #2036028 - 12/07/07 08:21 PM

Pernel and Sol, great sketches of Mars,Solis Lacus is one of my favorite features on mars. Hopefully i will be able to catch it this weekend, the forecast isn"t favorable,so thanks for posting.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 [Re: Tommy5]
      #2037084 - 12/08/07 10:51 AM

Thank you, Tommy5. Clouds are here now. Hopefully you'll get your chance to share with us.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 [Re: Catapoman]
      #2037507 - 12/08/07 03:12 PM

Pernel,

Yet another nice sketch of Mars. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 [Re: Catapoman]
      #2038721 - 12/09/07 06:38 AM

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Nice job, Sol.

I was out last night too. Seeing was much better and it was evident at the eyepiece. Sessions in this kind of cold when not accustomed to it becomes pretty short, but rewarding.




Sol,

another excellent sketch...

Pernel,

great sketch...the new scope seems to really be coming thru for you.

in answer to a question you asked which i somehow managed not to answer...is that...no, i didn`t get to go out that night...partly cloudy skies turned into all cloudy skies the entire night...and ever since...at 2 weeks straight now and counting since my last Mars observation...

just great...now a winter weather advisory is in effect until 12:00...

about to put the house up for sale...

Jim

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Vixen ED103SWT
Vixen ED102S
C-102AZ/HD
StarMax 127
Jason 60/11.7

UO HD Abbe Orthos - 5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 9mm
Older UO Ortho - 4mm
Celestron 2x Ultima Barlow

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 [Re: rusirius6278]
      #2038816 - 12/09/07 08:53 AM

Thanks again Frank and Jim.

These scanned sketches look much better on paper. I really need to get a good photo processor, so I can enhance scans to show how they actually look.

Jim, the Tak is performing nicely. It's still only 4" and first chance I get I'll be taking the Nexstar 11 out for some Mars viewing.

Look like I'll be going into to my cave for a week or so, due to it being here.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 [Re: Catapoman]
      #2039544 - 12/09/07 03:49 PM Attachment (57 downloads)

I was finally able to make an observation of Mars on December 9, 2007 (06:25 and 06:50 U.T.). The hard side of Mars was visible and I was able to detect several albedo features as noted. I welcome any comments on my observation.

Date: December 9, 2007
Time (U.T.): 06:25 (left image) and 06:50 (right image)
CM: 094.2*W (left image) and 100.3*W (right image)
Ls: 360* (Northern Spring/Southern Autumn)
De: 4.4*N
Instrument: 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Magnification: 359x
Filters (Wratten): None
Seeing: 6-7/10
Transparency (1-6): 3/10

Notes;
06:25 U.T. (IL, Left image): The South Polar Region (SPR) appears bright to brilliant (8-10) with projections noted over Mare Australe and into Thaumasia and Daedalia/Claritas. Solis Lacus appeared dark to dusky and elongated northeast-southwest (NE-SW). Nectar appeared dusky (4/10) connecting Solis Lacus to Mare Erythraeum (3-8/10). Aurorae Sinus (3/10) and Agathodaemon (Coprates) were visible as projections from Mare Eryhtraeum. Aonius Sinus (4/10) was partially obscured by a very bright (8/10) haze (cloud). Mare Sirenum appeared dark to dusky (3-4/10). Tharsis, Memnonia, Tempe, Arcadia, and Amazonis appeared bright (7/10). Mare Acidalium appeared dark to dusky (3-4/10). Mare Boreum was partially obscured by an extremely bright (9/10) North Polar Haze (NPH). Trivium Charontis (4/10)was visible towards the following limb .

06:50 U.T. (Right image, Wratten 38A): An extremely bright (9/10) South Polar Region (SPR, and Haze (SPH)) and North Polar Haze (NPH) were visible. A bright to extremely bright (7-10) cloud projecting from the preceding limb over Tharsis was noted. Very bright to extremely bright (8-9/10) Morning Limb Haze (MLH) ad Evening Limb Haze (ELH) were noted.

A digital image produced in Corel Painter X. The best of luck in your own observations of Mars.

Carlos

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 [Re: CarlosEH]
      #2039725 - 12/09/07 05:18 PM

VERY nice Carlos. Keep 'em coming.

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Re: Eye of Mars 12.07.07 [Re: Catapoman]
      #2040264 - 12/09/07 09:18 PM

Carlos,

It was definitely worth the wait to see these observations.

Thanks,

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