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#1 Special Ed

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 11:26 PM

Hello Everyone,

I made this observation under below average to average conditions using my C14 for the first time in a long while. The big storm in the north was obvious after observing for a while.

Working on Sol Robbins's template printed on copy paper, I used 2B, HB, and 6B pencils at the eyepiece to make the sketch. After scanning, I flipped the sketch to give the south up, west to the left aspect and added the text. Sure was nice to be out under the stars... :cool:

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 12:22 AM


Nice sketch of Saturn :)

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 01:37 AM

It is interesting to see what happened with the storm over the time. Thank you!

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 05:43 AM

Michael

Lovely drawing of saturn, the storm seems to have shown you a crisp uneven edge right across the disc. I was looking at images of it last night and it seems to stretch almost right around the planet now.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 01:04 PM

Tom, Uwe, and Chris, thank you very much. I didn't think I'd ever get the opportunity to see this storm (it was first observed in early December), but it has persisted and even grown in the sense of stretching out around the globe as Chris mentioned.

The storm isn't brilliant but bright enough between the darker belts that the irregularity of the edges could be detected (when the seeing steadied). If it was brighter than it is the contrast effect might actually overwhelm edge details

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 02:41 PM

Michael,

An excellent observation of Saturn and the North Tropical Zone (NTrZ) Storm. The development of this storm has been interesting. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 11:51 PM

great sketch of saturn, glad to see you were able to catch a glimpse of the storm, maybe i will be able to catch the ring world over the weekend.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 08:25 AM

Carlos and T5, thanks. :) I've been wondering the past few days if I actually did get a glimpse of the storm because I haven't been able to find any images with that CM III. The portion preceding the central meridian in my sketch may be just the North Tropical Zone with the storm following the CM. Clouds are back here so I don't know when I'll get another look.

I rescanned the sketch to get rid of those pesky lines that have been showing up in my sketches lately.

Thanks again.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 11:41 AM

Michael,

Excellent sketch of Saturn. It is great to see to you are getting to use the excellent observatory that you build last summer.

Frank :)

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:13 PM

Thanks, Frank. The observatory is a joy to have and use. :cool:

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 07:58 PM

Ed, love the way you captured the uneven boundary of the storm. I am trying to observe it, too, along with the darker interior of some portions that seem prevalent in images.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:20 PM

Thanks, Norme. The turbulence of the storm was something I noticed right away. Btw, after doing some research, it does seem likely that I caught a portion of the storm. I'm really glad the storm has remained visible for so long--I was afraid I'd miss it. Good luck with your next observation.






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