Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:23 AM
I got up this morning (11/29) to briefly observe the predawn sky. Venus and Saturn are still close enough together this morning to make it extra-convenient to instantly find Saturn with its still-low altitude just before dawn with a full moon still flooding the sky from low in the opposite direction. It's still a very pretty sight, with Jupiter still visible at about the same altitude low in the opposite direction to the west. I got my NP-101 out into the driveway for my first telescopic look at Saturn: worthwhile simply because it's been a few months since I'd seen it. The view of it was less mushy than I'd expected given its low altitude, but it was still quite a bit short of a sharp image. I could intermittently make out brief partial sights of the Cassini division, but it was impossible to hold it in focus for more than a quick occasional glimpse.