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    Talking Mars and Saturn this morning:-D part 1



    Walked outside at 04:00 and SURPRISE! It was clear with a light haze and no wind. Transparency was no good but seeing was better than average. Mars was clear at 150x, still clear at 200x so out comes the Meade 4.7UWA and 258x...still clear! WOW. Saw a fairly large orange disk with a bright north polar cap outlined with a dark bluish brown band, a whiteish circular feature was visible near the western limb(clouds?). A dark curved dagger shaped land mass(Syrtis Major?) extended north from the southern pole area the SP are was a dark brownish color. Extending south from the north polar cap there was a hazy darkening over the orange ocher color of the disk. SATURN was beautiful as always with the Cassini division clearly visible, the C ring visible briefly at the inner edges of the easternmost and westernmost part of the rings. The Planets shadow falls on the western side of the rings before they disappear behind the disk. North polar region was a darkish blue/brown color with faint banding.
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    Also visible on Saturns disk was the shadow of the rings themselves, showing up as a very thin dark line across the disk just above the rings. I never thought I would say this but today MARS was the more captivating view. Sure Saturn was Majestic as always but something about seeing those surface features on Mars just kept me glued to the eyepiece. Most of my Mars observations have been disappointing, this is not one of them, it was really satisfying. Hope someone imaged Mars today between 0400-0430 so I can compare my sketch. Came inside at 04:45 to get ready for work oh well it was fun while it lasted. Clear skies to all.
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