2003 1007 RBg Note
Martian Drawing on 7 October 2003
at 03:15 GMT by Robert BUNGE.

  λ=275゚Ls,   (ω=019°W,   φ=21°S),   δ=19.5",   ι=29°

  Seeing 4 out of 10, but moments of 6 and 7 out of 10. Pretty unstable air. Warmer, no wind, very calm. Temps in the 60s. Mars was very close to the Moon. Much detail seen in the moments of good seeing.
 Most note worthy is the brightness of Hellas on the preceding limb. Most of Hellas was bright in both white and red (W25) light, but the southern section of Hellas was also bright in blue (w47). Gotta suspect there might be some dust stirring in the Hellas basin. South Polar Cap is small, with little or no detail. It is now clearly detached from the southern-most limb of the planet. A good amount of North Polar Hood, quite blue in color. Follow limb was very clearly under phase. Mars is down to less then 20 arcseconds.

43cm (f / 7.8) relector, 480x

Bowie, MD USA.

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