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David Totney
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Hi David,

The south polar cap is now too small to see, but the north polar hood is becoming prominent. There is currently a large regional dust storm underway (although it might be receding) so you’ll find features like Solis Lacus a bit more challenging to see at the moment.

Cheers
-Paul

Hello Paul,

Thanks for the information. I’d noticed earlier that the southern polar cap appeared to be shrinking. There were some transparency issues with my last observation. I suspected that some areas near the equator showed some evidence of localised dust storms as they appeared to lack clarity. But I wasn’t sure if it was the conditions as excess humidity is a problem at this time of the year.

Telescopes: One Newtonian, three Maksutov Cassegrains, seven refractors, and a large SCT.