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Reged: 08/21/09

Loc: New Haven, CT
Mars, Sep. 18
      #6089637 - 09/19/13 10:02 AM Attachment (31 downloads)

[also posted in sketching]

The website I usually consult did forecast seeing I for the morning of Sept. 18, so I drove to Bethany Observing Station (CT). It turned out to be around IV... Pretty weird, as those forecasts are usually reliable.

Anyway, I was there and here's the 1st Mars of the season, with intensity estimates (BAA scale). Not sure about the white clouds on the E limb, but Syrtis Maior should have been right there and I could not see it. I could not find any observations made at the same time. Uncertainties are due to bad seeing, not the small size of the planet; I'm always impressed at how much this planet can show on such a tiny disk.

Overall, the planet looked very much like in Paul Abel's sketch of the previous day but more cloudy.

Bethany Observing Station (CT), Sep. 18, 10:00 U.T.
Refractor 10" f/13.5, 430x, no filters.
Dia. 4.2"; Ls 23; CM 333.


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Post Laureate

Reged: 03/06/08

Loc: near New York
Re: Mars, Sep. 18 new [Re: idp]
      #6089832 - 09/19/13 12:13 PM

You must have had a great session and viewing conditions! Your sketch is well detailed and it is reminescent of what I remember from my last sight of Mars, about a year ago at least, I guess. The features do seem to lie and blend the way you've drawn it. Good sketch.

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Reged: 01/17/09

Loc: USA
Re: Mars, Sep. 18 new [Re: E_Look]
      #6090230 - 09/19/13 04:09 PM

Bravo Ivano. Very nice work.


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Rich (RLTYS)Moderator

Reged: 12/18/04

Loc: New York (Long Island)
Re: Mars, Sep. 18 new [Re: idp]
      #6091139 - 09/20/13 06:34 AM

Most impressive. Thanks for the views.

Rich (RLTYS)

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Ed D
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Reged: 04/30/10

Loc: Sunny South Florida
Re: Mars, Sep. 18 new [Re: Rich (RLTYS)]
      #6093888 - 09/21/13 06:00 PM

Great that you had a good morning view. Nice sketches, thanks for posting.

Ed D

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