The view was enhanced by smoke and high thin clouds that visually blocked out all stars fainter than second magnitude. Mare Tyrrhenum Apygia, Syrtis Major, Hellas, Mare Serpentis, Mare Sabaeus and the south polar cap dominated in the eyepiece view.
Sketching and Equipment:
Date and Time: August 04, 2020: 04:25 a m MST
Sketch using graphite and assorted color pencils, blending stumps, white Pearl eraser on white copy paper dark, background created using Gimp 2.8
Temperature: 33ᵒ C (91ᵒ F)
No filters used but skies filled with thin clouds and smoke from distant fires Transparency poor2/5, Seeing very good 4/5
Equipment Used: 16” f/4.41 Dobsonian on an equatorial platform 9mm, eyepiece and 2x barlow (398x)