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Mars : 30th November 2020

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#1 dweller25

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 06:48 AM

Hello, this is probably my last sketch of Mars this time around as it's getting small and the features are really hard to see in a 4" Refractor.

This was a surprise observation as it has been cloudy and raining all day, but suddenly the sky cleared so out I went - but seeing was average to poor.

The phase is now very obvious.

The South Polar Cap could just be seen - both small and dim.

I could not see the polar hood.

The dark markings around the equator had no real detail.

There was a light area to the right of the SPC.

There was a much brighter area - that really stood out - on the preceding limb to the left of the SPC and above that was another slightly less bright area.

I really must learn some names !

Takahashi FC100DZ, x240, Binoviewers, 20:30UT, seeing AIII at best, CM=47'

 

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Edited by dweller25, 04 December 2020 - 06:55 AM.

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#2 happylimpet

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 09:16 AM

Seeing was hideous in Southampton. I could see syrtis major through the eyepiece and took one video to make an image, but its ropey as hell.



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Posted 04 December 2020 - 10:55 AM

David,

 

I think this looks pretty good. If you get another night of vey good seeing in December I think you can sketch it again.

 

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#4 niteskystargazer

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 11:18 AM

David,

 

Very good sketch of Mars : (On 30th November 2020) smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 04 December 2020 - 01:07 PM

David,

 

Well done!



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Posted 04 December 2020 - 03:12 PM

Thanks to all for the kind comments and likes, I will keep trying for a while longer - weather permitting.......


Edited by dweller25, 05 December 2020 - 08:19 AM.


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Posted 05 December 2020 - 11:45 AM

Nice work, David.  That's Mare Erythraeum on the CM.  Don't give up yet--we enjoy your sketches.  I've been able to see some detail with Mars down to an angular diameter of 9"--IF the seeing is good.  Dave Gray can see stuff on a 6" Mars--but he's in a different league.  smile.gif




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