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#1 Special Ed

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 09:49 AM

Hi,

 

Here is a new Mars observation from this morning between 4:30 and 5:30 EDT as Mars was approaching the meridian.  Seeing was pretty good (yay!). 

 

Plenty of haze and some dust in the Martian atmosphere so the contrast was low, although Mares Sirenum and Cimmerium were relatively dark, especially on their northern side.  I was able to confirm the Gomer Sinus--it popped into view twice when the seeing was very stable--you need really good seeing for that bad boy. 

 

The bluish North Polar Hood (NPH) was prominent and the broad, yellowish morning limb arc was still making a showing.  With the magenta filter (W30) I could see what looked like a fairly large, bright cloud just in from the southern limb.  It wasn't there with the red filter (W23A) so it must have been water ice or CO2 and not dust.

 

The South Polar Cap (SPC) is really shrinking--it's late spring in the southern hemisphere of Mars--summer begins at Ls 270 degrees.

 

Same routine with the sketch--2B and HB pencils and a stump at the eyepiece and colored indoors immediately after with color pencil dust applied with a Q-tip.

 

I've enjoyed seeing more great sketches from Kris, Paul, Chris, and Uwe.  flowerred.gif

 

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Posted 10 August 2020 - 10:57 AM

Michael,

 

Very fine sketch. Mars keeps getting better. The details are showing through as we catch up with it.

 

Frank :)



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 11:06 AM

Very nice sketch Michael. I purposely was observing a little earlier, well several hours earlier to catch Solis Lacus rotating off disc. I look forward to your sketches so I can compare with mine from NJ. Clear and steady skies to you my fellow Mars observer.  Best regards, Richard 



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 02:56 PM

Michael,

 

Very good sketch of Mars (On August 10th, 2020) smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 11 August 2020 - 08:41 PM

Frank and Tom--thanks!  Isn't it great that Mars isn't such a hard squint anymore?  lol.gif

 

 

Very nice sketch Michael. I purposely was observing a little earlier, well several hours earlier to catch Solis Lacus rotating off disc. I look forward to your sketches so I can compare with mine from NJ. Clear and steady skies to you my fellow Mars observer.  Best regards, Richard 

Rick, thank you for the compliment--and I always like comparing observations.  I've been waiting for the most optimal conditions of altitude when observing Mars so I still haven't had a chance for Solis Lacus--but it's coming.  smile.gif   I remember what a thrill it was to finally get a good look at the "Eye of Mars" back in 2003--it was really dark and contrasty that year. cool.gif

 

Thanks, likers!  flowerred.gif


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Posted 13 August 2020 - 07:55 AM

Wonderful sketches, and a report to match. We'll done Michael!

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Posted 17 August 2020 - 08:48 AM

Thanks, Darren!  I've been shut down for a week here with clouds and rain--finally getting a break in the weather tonight.  Fingers crossed the seeing will be decent.

 

Thanks for the additional likes, folks.  smile.gif


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Posted 19 August 2020 - 06:20 PM

Very fine sketches - it's nice to read of others process.



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Posted 21 August 2020 - 02:49 PM

Thanks, Marvin!  I've learned a lot here by reading how folks produce their work.




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