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Saturn Feb. 17, 2009

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#1 Sol Robbins

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 02:22 AM

Hi,

I finally had very good conditions for Saturn. I used my 6" refractor to observe Saturn and a recently acquired CED 1, (Contrast Enhancing Diagonal 1 from Burgess Optical). This was using 300x without the Chromacor II

Of note was the NEB that just popped with rift details. I have never seen the NEB break up like this.

Sketch was done with 4H, HB pencils for globe details. I used an EBONY pencil for the shadow of the rings on globe and the shadow of the globe on rings. Lots of blending using my fingers.

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#2 frank5817

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 03:37 AM

Sol,

Your sketching is more than terrific. You really pull in amazing detail. I note that your seeing was well above average too, fantastic work.:waytogo:

Frank :)

#3 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 03:55 AM

You saw quite a lot! Phantastic!

#4 Sol Robbins

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 07:01 AM

Frank & Uwe,

Thanks to both of you. It was an extraordinary sight after days of bitter cold and bad weather.

#5 JayinUT

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 08:26 AM

A wonderful sketch that shows details on the Saturn and I love how you did the rings. Well done!

#6 CarlosEH

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:37 AM

Sol,

An outstanding observation of Saturn. You have recorded delicate detail over both the North equatorial Belt (NEB) and South Equatorial Belt (SEB). Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:59 AM

Outstanding sketch, Sol! The contrast enhancing diagonal seems to be a winner.

#8 Sol Robbins

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:43 PM

Thanks to all of you.

The CED Type 2 diagonal did not fair so well on Saturn. It worked great on Venus, but for Saturn it simply cut too light.

For Saturn, a regular diagonal sat in between the two versions of the CEDs I havein terms of detail. That said, the type 2 version ought to work well on the Moon and the type 1, (keeping my fingers crossed), ought to work very well with Jupiter and possibly Mars.

There were a couple of years that I beta tested filters for Saturn but nothing really worked well for all details on the globe for some reason.

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This evening the southern hemisphere was predominantly a warm ruddy brown in terms of most belt colors. The northern showed cool gray-blue tones for the belt. Pretty sweet view for me to say the least.

When seeing allowed very sharp views, the NEB was awesome and I rendered it first and rather quickly. Thing is that the details here and throughout the northern hemisphere repeatedly showed these details throughout the observation so I could return to and refine them.

Thanks again,

#9 Tommy5

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 04:41 PM

Wow great Saturn sketch, its cool how the neb broke up. usually it isn't very distinctive, great sketch again.

#10 rodelaet

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 05:23 PM

Sol,

Fabulous work! :bow: :bow: :bow:

Your planetary sketches are so delightful to look at. :jump:

#11 Sol Robbins

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 07:53 PM

T & Rony,

Thanks very much. The forum started here at CN is the one that interests me most.

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 10:37 PM

I have not had the pleasure of looking at Saturn this year, but your sketch is sure a nice temporary fix to my observing starved eyes. roland

#13 Sol Robbins

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Posted 18 February 2009 - 07:04 AM

Thanks a lot Roland and welcome back.

#14 HellsKitchen

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 08:58 AM

you have captured stunning detail which I can't imagine I'll ever see, and on my birthday to boot!

#15 Sol Robbins

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 02:52 PM

A Very Happy Birthday to You!


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