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frank5817
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Mars: May 06, 2014 new
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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 %

Frank


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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: frank5817]
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Colorized

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Tommy5
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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: frank5817]
      #6512132 - 05/07/14 02:31 PM

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

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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: frank5817]
      #6512296 - 05/07/14 03:59 PM

Frank,

Nice sketch of Mars on May 6th .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #6512341 - 05/07/14 04:20 PM

Frank, lovely sketch of Mars.

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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: Rutilus]
      #6512748 - 05/07/14 08:25 PM

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

Ed D


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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: Ed D]
      #6512905 - 05/07/14 09:38 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.
Frank


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Chuck Hastorf
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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: frank5817]
      #6513073 - 05/07/14 11:22 PM

Hi Frank

Great images! Thanks

Chuck


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Uwe Pilz
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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: Chuck Hastorf]
      #6513156 - 05/08/14 12:26 AM

Again a fine Mars skecth, thank you.

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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: Uwe Pilz]
      #6513841 - 05/08/14 12:04 PM

Chuck and Uwe,

Thank you both for your kind words.

Frank


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Chuck Hastorf
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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: frank5817]
      #6513899 - 05/08/14 12:49 PM

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


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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: Chuck Hastorf]
      #6514044 - 05/08/14 01:59 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,
Carlos


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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #6514450 - 05/08/14 05:51 PM

Realistic Mars colors.
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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: stanislas-jean]
      #6514811 - 05/08/14 09:58 PM

Frank,

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

Pete


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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 new [Re: azure1961p]
      #6515356 - 05/09/14 08:26 AM

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


Ken


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Re: Mars: May 06, 2014 [Re: kenrenard]
      #6515512 - 05/09/14 10:12 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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