2003 06 26 CHr Note
Carlos E HERNANDEZ's Observation of Mars
on 26 June 2003 at 07:10 GMT

  λ=210°Ls,  ( ω=289°W,   φ=21°S ),   δ=15.9",   ι=38°

Seeing (1-10): 5-6, Antoniadi (I-V): III
Transparency (1-6): 2-3 (Hazy)

  The South Polar Cap (SPC) was prominent (10/10) over the southern limb.
  A shaded (4/10), central albedo marking was noted.
  Rifts were noted along the SPC border with one located at approximately 320-330°W appearing to connect with the SPC central albedo feature.
  Mare Australe appeared to form a dark (3/10) collar along the northern border of the SPC.
  Mare Tyrrhenum appeared dark (3/10) towards the south-following limb.
  Mare Hadriacum (eastern border of Hellas) appeared dark (3/10) and separated from Mare Tyrrhenum by a bright (7/10) Ausonia.
  Syrtis Major appeared dark (3/10) and prominent on the CM (intricate detail was noted within it during moments of steady seeing).
  Nilosyrtis-Protonilus was noted as a shaded (4/10), thin albedo feature towards the northern limb (9/10).
  A bright (7/10) rift was noted to extend between Libya (7-8/10) and Iapygia Viridis (3/10) over Crocea.
  A very bright (8/10) cloud was noted over Aethipois-Aehteria and encroaching upon Libya.
  Hellas appeared bright (7/10) with Zea Lacus noted at it's center and Peneus bisecting it east-west.
  Deltoton Sinus appeared dark (3/10).
  Hellespontus, Noachis, and Pandorae Fretum appeared dark to shaded (3-4/10) towards the south-following limb.
  The eastern portion of Sabaeus Sinus appeared dark (3/10) and curvilinear. towards the following limb.
  An extremely bright (9/10) morning (following) limb haze was noted as well.

23cm f/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Magnification: 248x, 323x
Filter (Wratten): 23A, 30, 38, and 64

Observer:   Carlos E HERNANDEZ,   Miami   FL

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