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#1 Special Ed

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Posted 06 May 2011 - 09:57 PM

Hi Everyone,

Been off the boards due to bad weather and too much work. Last night was a work night but clear so I stayed up late.
It's been five weeks (!) since I last saw Saturn so I was curious about any changes. Seeing was not good and I almost didn't do a sketch but decided to record what I could see.

The storm in the North Tropical Zone (NTrZ) is still visible as a bright area. The North Equatorial Belt (NEB) appeared broad (especially with the W#21 filter) and mottled.

The shadow of the rings on the globe has changed from inside to outside the rings. The shadow of the globe on the rings is now cast on the following side of the rings.

The sketch was done at the eyepiece using 2B and HB graphite pencils and a black charcoal pencil on Sol Robbins's template. After scanning I flipped the sketch to give the classical south up, preceding to the left view.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:00 AM

Ed,

Very nice sketch of Saturn :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 11:31 AM

It looks much like I see the planet on the better moments. Thanks for posting.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 04:09 PM

Michael,

A great looking sketch. I would call that a view worth waiting for. There is still time left for some great viewing evenings with Saturn.
When summer arrives you should get some well deserved observing time at your TSO.

Frank :)

#5 Special Ed

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 08:53 PM

Tom, Jef, Frank--thank you. I agree with you, Frank--there is still plenty to see on Saturn and it is culminating much closer to prime time now--almost two hours earlier than my last observation in March.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 04:12 AM

Great sketch Ed.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 07:30 AM

Ed,

You always have a great sense of modulating the finer contrasts which the end result brings about a sense of illumination in your work. I like the subtely you applied to cassinis.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 08:42 AM

Thanks, folks. I was fortunate to get the opportunity for a sketch.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:09 AM

Michael,

An excellent observation and report of Saturn along with Dione and Rhea. You have captured a good amount of detail over the globe and rings. I am glad that you were able to view Saturn after a month. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 08 May 2011 - 10:24 AM

Great Saturn sketch , the weather is slowly improving but still lots of rain in the forecast, nice to see you got a chance to view Saturn, thanks for posting. :cool:

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 05:17 AM

Carlos, T5--thank you very much. I hope things settle down in Chicagoland soon. Meanwhile, we all wish we were down with Carlos in sunny Florida. :cool:

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 05:34 AM

Very nice.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 11:26 AM

Thanks, Sol. :)






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