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East and West noted in the sketch are Martian E/W, not celestial E/W.
Mars was still low in the east and the seeing was poor when I made the observation. The South Polar Cap was still prominent. After shading in the darker areas showing up in the southern hemisphere, I looked up the likely features. Tharsis dominated the norther half in featureless brightness while the main dark feature I saw was apparently the Solis Lacus region. I caught glimpses of a lighter region along the south terminator that might have been Argyre.
|Position*||Pisces [RA: 02:06:44 / Dec: +09:51:55]|
|Size*||11.4″ (Equatorial diameter)|
|Date/Time||August 2, 2005 – 1:15 AM
(August 2, 2005 – 08:15 UT)
|Observing Loc.||Flagstaff, AZ – Home|
|Instrument||Orion SVP 6LT Reflector (150 mm dia./1200 mm F/L)|
|Eyepieces/Mag.||10 mm Sirius Plössl+ 2X Barlow (240X)|
|Conditions||Partly Cloudy, calm|
|Transparency||Mag 5.2 NELM|
|*Sources||Orion’s The Sky Astronomy Software|