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#1 CarlosEH

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 04:11 PM

I made an observation of Saturn on February 8, 2009 (07:00 U.T.) using my 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain (388x) under average to steady seeing conditions (5-7/10). I was able to make out several bands across the globe. Titan, Mimas, and Tethys were visible.

Date (U.T.): February 8, 2009
Time (U.T.): 07:00
L1 290.4, L2 026.5, L3 269.4
De -1.6, Ds -2.9
Instrument: 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Magnification: 388x
Seeing (1-10): 5-7, Antoniadi (I-V): II-III
Transparency (1-6): 4

Details:
South Polar Region (SPR): Appeared dark to dusky (3-4/10) without any detail visible within.
South Temperate Zone (STZ): Appeared bright (7/10) and thin.
South Temperate Band(s): Multiple dusky (4/10) and thin bands were noted over this region.
South Tropical Zone (STrZ): Appeared shaded (6/10) and thin.
South Equatorial Belt (SEB): Appeared dark to dusky (3-4/10) and broad.
Equatorial Zone (EZ): Appeared bright (7/10) and broad.
North Tropical Zone (NTrZ): Appeared bright (7/10) and broad.
North Equatorial Belt (NEB): Appeared dark to dusky (3-4/10) and possibly divided by a thin shaded (6-10) zone visible during moments of steady seeing.
North Temperate Zone (NTZ): Appeared shaded (6/10) and broad.
North Polar Region (NPR): Appeared dark to dusky (3-4/10), but no detail visible within.

Satellites:
Titan (8.4m) was visible above the preceding ring ansa with Mimas (13.0m) visible during moments of steady seeing. Tethys (10.3m) was visible following the planet.

The best of luck in your own observations of Saturn.

A digital image produced using Photoshop CS3.

Carlos

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#2 4Texans

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 07:33 PM

Beautiful sketch.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:10 PM

4Texans,

Thank you for the compliment on my Saturn observation. The best of luck in your own observations.

Carlos

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 08:28 PM

Carlos,

I love this sketch. You have captured detail here I have only glimpsed in an hour of close examination of Saturn's globe a few days back. Including the Saturnian moons and detailed write-up make this a wonderful recording of this observation. Great work to share with all of us. :bow: :rainbow:

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 09:56 PM

Great digital sketch of Saturn, lots of bands of nearby satelites, thanks for posting, i hope to catch some looks at saturn as our winter weather seems to be braking up a bit.

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 10:04 PM

Carlos,

Great details of your observation and a wonderful sketch. Thank you for sharing!

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 10:22 PM

Frank, Jay, and Tommy

Thank you for the compliments on my Saturn observation. I was impressed by the amount of detail over the ringed planet. The satellites nearby were an added treat. The best of luck in your own observations of Saturn.

Carlos

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Posted 08 February 2009 - 10:26 PM

It's a very beautiful and detailed sketch, Carlos. Excellent report as well. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:05 AM

Great sketch, much of detail. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 02:21 AM

Uwe,

Thank you for your compliment on my Saturn observation. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:16 AM

Carlos

Beautiful rendering. I wish I could take the magnification on my 10.1" Newtonian that high.

You have me excited about seeing Saturn again now as it approaches earlier evening skies.

Thanks for sharing this image and your excellent text info.

Mark

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 03:48 PM

Carlos,

How nice!
Saturn seems to pop out of my screen.
The ring is fascinating to follow around the sketch.
Very enjoyable sketch!

#13 CarlosEH

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 04:04 PM

Rony,

Thank you for the kind compliment on my Saturn observation. I enjoyed making it. I never tire of observing the lord of the rings. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos






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