LtE in CMO #284

From Frank J MELILLO

. . . . . . .Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 03:27:14 EST

Subject: Mars - November 22, 2003


Mars was imaged under the average seeing on November 22, 2003 at 0:34UT.


Mars is heading downward to 12 arc seconds even. Most details are still visible. Mare Tyrrhenum and Mare Cimmerium are dominating the disk. As this point, Mars is looking normal.


. . . . . . .Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 00:53:09 EST

Subject: Mars - November 26, 2003


Dear all -


Mars was imaged November 26, 2003 between 0:27 UT and 0:53 UT. The seeing was pretty good and most of the details are visible.


Mare Cimmerium is prominent across the disk. Mars is free of dust at this point.


. . . . . . .Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2003 00:59:33 EST

Subject: Mars - December 5, 2003


While we are bracing for a winter storm coming up in the New York area, it was clear for a while after sunset. I had just enough time to image Mars before the clouds rolled in. In fact, there was some high clouds scattered around but it didn't interfere much for the observation.


Mars is getting increasingly difficult to image and the seeing must be better than average to succeed. Mars was taken on December 5th at 1:07 UT. Luckily, the seeing was average and quite clear during some fine moments. At 143 CM longitude, Mare Sirenum is broad and the rest of the southern hemisphere is dark. Not sure what feature it may be. The SPC is barely showing it at all. At this time, Mars is free of dust.


See at:

Frank J MELILLO (Holtsville, NY, USA)

Director, the ALPO Mercury Section



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