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The Bonds: Pioneers of American Astronomy
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September 10, 2002, 9:20 - 9:40 UT, seeing 6 - 7 (good - very good), transparency 2. System I Central Meridian 51.7°, System II Central Meridian : 88.7°.
Astro-Physics 5.1" f/8.35 EDF refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 185x - 205x with Baader binoviewer.
In the southern portion of the globe the following zones and belts were visible: the South Polar Region (SPR), the South Tropical Zone (STropZ), and the South Equatorial Belt (SEB). The SEB appeared to be bisected by a light colored rift following the Red Spot Hollow (RSH). The center of the RSH appeared to transit at approximately 9:16 UT giving it a System II Central Meridian of 80.2°. The Great Red Spot (GRS) was not visible. Just below the rift was a small dark condensation. The SEB appeared darker preceding of the RSH than following it.
In the Equatorial Zone (EZ) two festoons were visible along the North Equatorial Belt (NEB) south. The second festoon was light blue in color. The festoons appeared to connect to a faint Equatorial Band (EB).
The North Temperate Belt was prominent, and the North Polar Region (NPR) had a pronounced "cap" to it.