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Uranus Image 2011/08/22(UT)

Paul G. Abel
P.Abel

Paul G. Abel(203mm reflector)
The first observation target for me last night was the planet Uranus. The planet was much easier to locate this time round as I made a very accurate star chart during the last observation of the planet- only took 5 minutes to find it rather than 25!
Seeing was in general average with some good steady moments. A power of 400x could not be used indefinitely, and a power of x312 was a good compromise. It seemed that there was again a bright EZ and two EBS, although the NEB seemed to be darker. There also appeared to be two brighter regions: one inside the EZ (Region B), and another near the NPR (Region A). It is of course entirely possible that I was fooled by Uranus- but the features were present at 312x and 400x and so I think they may have a basis in reality. Only confirmation from other observers will confirm this.

[Paul G. Abel:Leicester:United Kingdom]
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