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Mars this morning!

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Observer
Paul G. Abel
Time of observation
11/07/2020 - 02:37
Equipment
203mm Newtonian Reflector
x167 & x200
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Attached is a drawing of Mars I made this morning.  The planet is now a reasonable size at 12.4" and very noticeable in the sky.  At present, I could only reach it with my 8" Newtonian but as seeing was around AIII-IV, this was quite sufficient.
I was quite struck by how muted the features appeared on the Martian disk. Erythraeum, Dawes Bay and other features were not particularly striking.  I had a fairly clear impression of yellow dust both on the limb and covering Solis Lacus and perhaps into Erythraeum and extending to the Argyre basin in the far south.
The southern polar cap was particularly brilliant,t with vague darker patch present inside.  The Lowell band was particularly dark (probably the darkest feature on the disk) and seemed to be irregular in a number of places rather than a smooth band.  To the far north, the limb was a whitish colour.
Best wishes,
-Paul
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