LtE in CMO #278

From Frank J MELILLO

. . . . . . . Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 3:01 PM

Subject: Mars - August 26, 2003


Well, it wasn't the best night. The seeing was below average with patchy clouds rolled in. I have used the adaptive optics and it did help. Mars was imaged August 26, 2003 at 4:39 UT. See at:


Solis Lucas is toward the morning limb and Meridiani Sinus is on the western limb. The details are pretty well defined on the disk. The Martian atmosphere is free of haze.


. . . . . . .Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2003 2:08 AM

Subject: Mars - August 29, 2003


Well, here is my image which is posted at:


While I was imaging, the focus was in and out too due to the seeing condition until I caught this one which is pretty decent. The AO-2 had helped a lot. But, it was not the best night I ever seen.


. . . . . . .Sent: Monday, September 01, 2003 4:43 PM

Subject: Mars - Septemeber 1, 2003


Dear all -


Mars was imaged September 1st between 3:46 UT and 4:22 UT.


Sabaeus Sinus is absolutely beautiful, both visually and imaging. Near the SPC region, Niviassima Thyle (Mountains of Mitchel) is being detached from the cap itself on the left side. Very impressive! Also, the SPC seems to be a lot smaller than it has been during the past week.


. . . . . . .Sent: Saturday, September 06, 2003 11:34 PM

Subject: Mars - Septemeber 6, 2003


As usual, Mars was imaged September 6, 2003 at 4:48 UT through 6:38 UT.

See at:

. . . . . . .Sent: Monday, September 08, 2003 1:36 AM

Subject: Mars - Septemeber 7, 2003


Dear all -


Mars was imaged Sept. 7th at 4:53 UT. The seeing was quite good. Although, there was some high thin clouds scattered around.


The features are seen very clearly with free of dust. You can actually see the details inside Hellas. It is dull especially on the south side and a little brighter to the north side.


. . . . . . .Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 1:38 AM

Subject: Mars - Septemeber 8, 2003


Dear all-


Again, Mars was imaged September 8th at between 3:03 UT and 3:23 UT.



The details are absolutely stunning even in visually in 330 power especially around Syrtis Major and Hellas. You can actually see Hellas is quite dull except the northern part which is normal in brightness. Also, the SPC is noticeable smaller now.


Frank J MELILLO (Holtville, NY, USA)

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