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#1 moonzero2

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 05:51 PM

Satun at opposition (03/21/10) and rings at 3 degree tilt. Could easily see 4 moons,... from left to right, Tethys, Titan, Dione, and Rhea. I did not notice Hyperion. This is the first time I ever noticed any of Saturn's moons. Tried colored filters, deep yellow, orange, red, and blue and none added any details of belts and zones. Also viewed Saturn with 5 mm eye piece and say no additional details using less magifacation. It was cool to see 4 moons! This sketch was made viewing Saturn with my Orion XT12i and 3.5 mm eye piece (428x) in Elizabeth Colorado where the seeing is not very steady.

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#2 frank5817

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 08:01 PM

Bob,

Very nice sketch. :waytogo: I always like to see those moons with the gas giants. Well done.

Frank :)

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 11:23 PM

Bob,

An very nice observation of Saturn and some of it's satellites. You may want to use one of the Saturn templates provided by the BAA Saturn Section based upon the current tilt of the rings (I have provided links to templates between 2-5 degrees which will work until October, 2010). I look forward to your future observations.

The tilt (B) of Saturn's rings may be obtained from software such as WinJupos by Grischa Hahn ( http://www.grischa-h...jupos/index.htm )

Links;
http://www.britastro...orms/Sat 2N.jpg (2 degrees ring tilt)
http://www.britastro...orms/Sat 3N.jpg (3 degree ring tilt)
http://www.britastro...orms/Sat 4N.jpg (4 degree ring tilt)
http://www.britastro...orms/Sat 5N.jpg (5 degree ring tilt)

Have fun observing Saturn!

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#4 JayinUT

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 09:44 AM

Bob,

Very realistic sketch of Saturn through the EP. Nicely done, I enjoy viewing it. I hope to see more of your efforts.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 10:40 AM

Bob,

:waytogo:, nice sketch :).

:thanx:,

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#6 Jef De Wit

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 12:27 PM

Bob
Fine sketch of Saturn. I hope you once can see the planet with better seeing, because there is more detail visible in a 12" than your observing. You can look at the sketches on this forum to see what is possible.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 10:39 AM

Bob,
Nice sketch. :D :elephdance: :waytogo:

#8 moonzero2

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 03:46 PM

Thanks for everyone's warm responses.
I had trouble getting details out of Mars too.
Currently I do not have a fan mounted to cool my mirror down and I need to do that. Hopefully that will make a big difference!

#9 Tommy5

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 05:26 PM

Very realistic wide view of Saturn sketch.

#10 rerun

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 07:13 AM

Hallo Bob,

very nice sketch of Saturn and his moons, I like it.Thank you for sharing with us.

CS
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#11 dweller25

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 09:22 AM

Hello Bob, great sketch.

I also fitted a fan to my Newtonian and the difference was astounding. I always thought the softy image I saw was due to the UK skies. The fan gives me a very sharp image now.

#12 mathteacher

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 09:19 PM

I like the sketch very much. I should go out with my scope soon.






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