Here's another sketch, this time it's....Mars...again!
Frustrated with the vagaries of the drifting banks of cloud we've had lately, I decided to chance a dodgy weather forecast on Sunday morning and get up at 3:20 for a Mars observation.
Initially I thought I had made a mistake as all I was getting were brief poor quality glimpses through gaps in an endless sheet of stratocumulus, but after 20 minutes (and just as I was wondering why I wasn't in bed) it all just vanished leaving me with a lovely clear sky and great seeing, pretty lucky!
Solis Lacus was well seen again, although I found Phasis faint and hard to see with any certainty.
Phaethontis on the West limb was bright.
Aurorae Sinus was nicely detailed, and I noted the pale region of Pyrrhae Reggio north of Mare Erythraeum.
Tharsis seemed brighter than the Solis Lacus region to its South.
Ganges was prominent, running North as far as Lunae Lacus and Nilokeras.
Ophir and Candor were very bright at mid disc.
The SPC appeared scrappy towards the East, and showed the same prominent protrusion I saw last week around 100°.
The NPH was again bright blueish-white.
The morning limb brightening was notably brighter and thicker around the equator, possibly extending a little towards Tharsis.
So it turns out I was quite lucky with the weather, being out of bed and at the telescope at exactly the same time as the clouds parted and the seeing settled down for about 40 minutes. No assistance from the Met Office!
Edited by chrisrnuttall, 21 September 2020 - 03:18 PM.