Mars on 1961 January 3/4 at 18:25-18:45 local time (23:25-23:45 UT) as sketched by K.R. Brasch. C.M. 226°. 8" reflector at 300x. Seeing 5-(7). Transparency 2-3. Haze covered whole sky at time of observation. During short period of very good seeing (7) canal features seen as diffused lines. Best view of planet so far attained impossible to record all minute detail. T = 1°.