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East and West noted in the sketch are Martian E/W, not celestial E/W.
The dark band of Mare Cimmerium and the point of Syrtis Minor were prominent along the southern hemisphere. The South polar Cap was not as prominent as it was a month ago. It looks like I also picked up the division between Cimmerium and Tyrrhenum. There appeared to be dark material arrayed broadly around the SPC. (Not the thin dark border I've been seeing--this feature was softer and much broader.) The bright patch of Hellas on the southwestern limb almost appeared as a second polar cap when I first looked. I didn't pick up any detail in the northern hemisphere. I saw no hint of Utopia.
|Position*||Aries [RA: 02:54:37 / Dec: +13:45:45]|
|Size*||13.6" (Equatorial diameter)|
|Date/Time||August 27, 2005 - 1:30 AM |
(August 27, 2005 - 08:30 UT)
|Observing Loc.||Flagstaff, AZ - Home|
|Instrument||Orion SVP 6LT Reflector (150 mm dia./1200 mm F/L)|
|Eyepieces/Mag.||10 mm Sirius Plössl+ 2X Barlow (240X)|
|Conditions||Clear, calm, 49° F|
|Transparency||Mag 5.2 NELM|
|*Sources||Orion's The Sky Astronomy Software|