Last updated: 9 January 2005
Subject: MARS OBSERVATION 3 September 2003 C.M.Longitude 237.4 degrees Meade ETX90EC Sent: Friday, January 7, 2005 06:49:32 From: Clivemorris@gwynedd.gov.uk Looking ahead to the 2005-2006 apparition of Mars I have found another observation I did not report to you. I observed Mars from our home at Caernarfon,North Wales on 3 September,2003 at 22.00 hours Universal Time. The Longitude of the Central Meridian was 237.4 degrees. The planet was to the left of a Leylandii tree in our back garden.The seeing was IV on the Antoniadi scale which means not too good. The only 2 features I could see on the planet's disc using the 9.7mm eyepiece (x129)were:- 1.A dark marking slanted from 8am to 2pm on a clockface in the upper lefthand portion of the disc. 2.I also thought I could see just about see the polar cap-reduced in size from my observation of 12 August 2003- at the bottom of the disc. My wife Rita confirmed the dark marking but she couldn't see the polar cap. From the June 2003 issue of Sky and Telescope and S & T's Website in 2003 I identified the dark marking as the Mare Cimmerium. I have reported this observation to the Society for Popular Astronomy's planetary Director Ian Phelps. In future I would like to try photography of the planet.I obtained a Digital Camcorder for my wife- a JVC GRD60EK-last year and I am considering purchasing a Camera Phone for her birthday. Do you have any advice on using Camcorders and Camera Phones please? I understand ALPO's Jeffrey Beish is asking for drawings and images of Mars taken with telescopes of 4" aperture and above during the 2005-2006 apparition. Your Website is inspirational Mike Please keep up the good work, Clive MorrisMike here: See the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page for info on camcorders and camera phones.
Thanks,Mike, for pointing me to the Astrophotography page and for all your help in the past, Clive
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