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October 5, 2001, 9:35 - 9:55 UT, seeing 5 - 7, transparency 2. System I Central Meridian 53.1°, System II Central Meridian 164.1°.
Astro-Physics 5.1" f/8.35 EDF refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 185x - 231x with Baader binoviewer.
Along the southern portion of the South Polar Region (SPR) a dark condensation was visible. The South Tropical Zone was visible between the SPR and the South Equatorial Belt (SEB). The SEB appeared bisected. In the Equatorial Zone (EZ) a faint and discontinuous Equatorial Band (EB) was visible near the following limb.The North Equatorial Belt (NEB) appeared reddish-brown, and a small blue festoon was visible along the NEB south. Following the festoon appeared to be a small bay, and a dark rift along the NEB south. In the center of the NEB was a large light colored oval, which transited the meridian at approximately 9:38 UT, giving it a System II Central Meridian of 150.8°. A large red bar or rod was visible along the NEB north. The North Tropical Zone, the North Temperate Belt, The North Temperate Zone, and the North Polar Region were visible as well.
The moons appeared as disks, with Callisto appearing light gray in color, Io light yellow/light orange, Europa white, and Ganymede medium yellow.