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Introduction to Planetary Sketching
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The Bonds: Pioneers of American Astronomy
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December 31, 2001, 4:05 - 4:20 UT, seeing 4 - 5 (fair - good), transparency 5. Windy conditions made it difficult to see and record the finer planetary detail. System I Central Meridian: 264.5° System II Central Meridian: 73.5°.
Astro-Physics 7.1" f/9 EDT refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount with equatorial platform. Magnification 230x with Baader binoviewer.
In the SPR oval BA was visible along the edge of the STZ. The SEB appeared to be bisected by a rift from the preceding limb to the GRS/RSH, and the GRS center appeared to transit the CM at approximately 4:14 UT, giving it a System II CM of 76.1°. The GRS appeared pale pink in color. Following the GRS/RSH was a small dark condensation, and four elongated ovals or streaks. The SEB south following the SEB appeared dark, as did the SEB north.
In the EZ a faint EB was visible, and near the preceding edge there appeared to be a large faint oval. There appeared to be three festoons that extended from the EB and connected to the NEB, and preceding the third festoon was a small bay or notch. In the NEB two red bars or rods were noted, and the second bar transitted the CM at approximately 4:17 UT giving it a System II CM of 78.0°. A rift was visible in the NEB above the second bar that extended over towards the following limb.
The NTB appeared thicker as it extended from near the CM to the following limb. Near the preceding limb the NPR appeared thicker as well, and the NPR appeared mottled. Two dark bars or rods were noted in the NPR.