LtE in CMO #276


. . . . . . . .Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2003 15:16:28 -0400

Subject: Mars - July 26, 0620 UT


Dear Masatsugu,

I hope my scan of my drawing allows for clear reading of my notes as well as the sketching. I really think there is presently some atmospheric (Martian) haze limiting good resolution of the surface features. I have had better views with the same telescope in past apparitions as my old sketches attest.

The very bright spot on the north edge of the SPC, at approximately 10 deg longitude was unmistakable. Does it have anything to do with a named feature called the "Mountains of Michell"? I would appreciate some enlightenment as to the bright spot observed and the phrase "Mountains of Mitchell", which could an obsolete term for a newer name for a feature. The bright spot and the phrase may have no connection at all.

Good seeing

John BARNETT (Richmond, VA, USA)

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