2003 0807 RBg Note
Martian Drawing on 7 August 2003
at 06:50 GMT by Robert BUNGE.

  λ=236゚Ls,   (ω=256°W,   φ=20°S),   δ=23.4",   ι=19°

  Somewhat cool... temps in the 70's. No wind, poor transparency (3 out of 10), moderate to heavy dew. Very, very steady seeing.
  Used 680x (12mm erfle + 2.4x barlow). Overwhelming amount of detail, especially in Syrtis Major, Mare Tyrrhenum and Mare Cimmerium. Mare Hadracum, around Hellas, was loaded with detail, with faint twists and lines. Around the edges of Syrtis Major, there was much detail. The notch between SM and Syrtis Minor was very clear and easy, with a faint extention that almost completed the north-south connection on the preceding side. Hesperia, the gap between MT and MC showed some very faint markings that were difficult to render on the drawing. Mare Cimmerium also showed much detail and many features, especially on the south end. Only a bit of North Polar Hood action, didn't appear to see any other atmospheric activity. 20-inch (TJ) stopped down to 17-inches. First break in weather in about two weeks.

43cm f /7.8 reflector,480-680x

Bowie, MD USA.

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