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 Post subject: Mars 2300ut 18/01/10
PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:40 am 
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Guys,

My first view of Mars the opposition.

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Not a lot of detail was observed, I thought there must have been a dust cloud. Sketched what I did see, then checked the Mars Previewer. Matched up very well, so was pretty chuffed.

The NPC was very prominent with the dark region Mare Boreum surrounding it. I noticed a "notch" in the NPC. The darkening of Baltia is to the NE of the NPC.
Desert area Chryse was observed on the Eastern limb, the dark region to the immediate north is Niliacus Lacus.
Note to the south east where Solis Lacus lies, a large white cloud, observed in all filters used, esoecially 80A Blue.
Mare Sirnum was observed toward the southern limb.
North Bottom, East to the right.
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2255 - 2310 ut 18/01/10
278mm F/10 SCT
13mm Nagler and 90* Diag, = X219.
Filters, Y2 yellow, YA2 orange, 80A blue and 25A red.

Photoshop sketch, but will scan my HB sketch and post under here.

Eddie

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My feeble attempts at sketching ...... colour was as close as I could get with the pencils I have. The B&W one is most accurate I'd say for details and positional wise.

Sorry for poor quality, had to take a photograph of the sketch, my scanner is in the loft ???

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Here's my attempts whilst at the scope.
Froze stiff, everywhere iced up. My C11 drive started going all over the sky. Time to come in. Thaw out and watch the tellyby 12am.
Great viewing whilst I could. Earlier on I saw the Moon, Jupiter and the ISS fly by at around 5 15pm. Scope wise, M 45, M1 and M65/66, aswell as Mars.

Seeing seemed crisp with the mark 1 eyeball, but telescopically it was not great. My scope had been in the shed for 5 hours prior to use, so it was not thermals, just wish I'd worn some. :roll:

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