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December 8, 2001, 3:50 - 4:05 UT, seeing 5 - 6, transparency 5. System I Central Meridian 220.8°, Central Meridian System II: 205.3°.
Astro-Physics 7.1" f/9 EDT refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount with equatorial platform. Magnification 230x - 250x with Baader binoviewer.
The South Polar Region (SPR) appeared light gray, and had a darker portion near the center of the SPR north. The South Temperate Zone was visible, as was a the South Tropical Zone, with a portion of the South Temperate Belt visible between them. The South Equatorial Belt (SEB) appeared bisected by a light colored rift.
A faint Equatorial Band (EB) visible in Equatorial Zone (EZ), and a large festoon was visible that extended from the EB to the North Equatorial Belt (NEB) south. Two bays were visible along NEB south, and two red bars or rods were visible along the NEB north. The North Temperate Belt was prominent. In the North Polar Region (NPR) a dark spot or condensation was noted. When the seeing settled down the Jovian moons appeared as disks.