Date (U.T.): March 27, 2009
Time (U.T.): 03:00
L1 235.2, L2 258.6, L3 085.0
De -3.3, Ds -2.2
Instrument: 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Magnification: 115x, 253x, and 322x
Seeing (1-10): 5 (moments of 6-7), Antoniadi (I-V): III
Transparency (1-6): 4
South Polar Region (SPR): Appears dark to dusky (3-4/10) without any other detail visible within.
South Temperate Zone (STZ): Appears shaded (6/10) without any other detail visible within.
South Temperate Belt (STB): Appears dusky (4/10) and thin.
South Tropical Zone (STrZ): Appears shaded to bright (6-7/10) without any other detail visible within.
South Equatorial Belt (SEB): Appears dark to shaded (3-4/10) with dark (3/10) condensations noted within the northern and southern components of the belt (SEB-N and SEB-S). A thin and bright (7/10) zone is noted between the two components.
Equatorial Zone (EZ): Appears bright (7/10) without any detail visible within.
A thin and dark (3/10) shadow of the rings appears over the globe.
North Tropical Zone (NTrZ): Appears shaded to bright (6-7/10) without any detail visible within. The northern half of the zone exhibits a pastel bluish color.
North Equatorial Belt (NEB): Appears dark to dull (3-5/10) and thinner than the SEB. No detail is visible within the belt.
North Temperate Zone (NTZ): Appears shaded (6/10) and exhibits a pastel bluish color. No detail is visible within.
North Polar Region (NPR): Appears dark to shaded (3-4/10) without any detail visible within.
Satellites (preceding to following):
Rhea (9.6m), Dione (10.3m), Tethys (10.1m, south of the preceding ansa (preceding edge of ring)), and Titan (8.2m)
The best of luck in your own observations/imaging of Saturn.
A digital image produced using Photoshop CS3.