My first view of Mars the opposition.
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.
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.