Thanks very much Freddy, so much happening in the NEB and just how thin has the Great Storm Remnant become. I think the polar projection provides a most interesting perspective of just how far North the storm remnant really is while the animation of the polar projection provides a fascinating insight into the difference between the rotational rate of the storm remnant (Sys II) and that of the Hex (Sys III).
Thanks very much Graeme, Saturn is rising higher and the seeing is getting better, cannot wait for a dose of fairdinkum good seeing.
Thanks very much Sam, appreciate your comment.
Thanks very much Chris, hope your keeping warm.
Thanks very much David, well, it certainly has straight sides and but for the back side of it being in shadow, I suspect it would have six.
Thanks very much Stuart, I am a big fan of animations, they help so much in determining what is noise and what is detail.
Thanks very much Paul. B, you are to kind Sir.
Thanks very much Paul, I think the multi data set derot approach could have an effect on the Encke. Just 1 pixel error in the alignment of the various multi data set channels is going to smear such a fine feature. When I get some really good data I will either just go with individual data sets, as per the past apparition, or be much more fastidious using multiple data sets. You are spot on regarding the different rotational periods, the EZ is Sys I the rest of the surface is Sys II while the internal rotational rate is Sys III. The Voyager probes established the Voyager SLS rotational system but over time the rotational period has become uncertain. The important thing about the vertices of the Hexagon is that it's rotational period is thought to be tied to that of the internal rotational period (Sys III) A long term study of the vertices could result in reestablishing a new updated and correct rotational period.
Thanks very much Paul. M.
Thanks very much Lars, this was my first better than ordinary data for the apparition.
Thanks very much for your very kind words Steve.
Pete, your are to kind. I believe in keeping things in perspective and to that end keep a folder on my computer, in it is, in my opinion, the best Saturn image ever taken from Earth. It is by Damian Peach and was captured in Barbados 2006_04_11 yep in 2006. Just take a moment to think about the cameras and processing software that was around in 2006 compared to what we have and use now. I also have the Jupiter image taken by Anthony Wesley from Exmouth 2010-06-30 which again, in my opinion, is the best Jupiter image I have seen. Regarding Anthony's image, I have also been fortunate enough to see the individual channels and to run the raw data as video. It really does keep me grounded whenever I think I have produced a good image to open up that folder and compare it with the work of the masters of our craft. Further to your comments I have attached a link to PVOL, go to the images section and open the PVOL images link and look at Damian Peaches Saturn RGB from the 27th December 2012, it is a stunner, captured while he was on holidays in Cyprus over Christmas with Saturn at an alt of only 34 degrees. When you open the image don't forget to click on the "Show real size image" tab that is in blue print above & to the left of the image. Also note that the Hexagon at the North pole is well defined with nice sharp edges.
Thanks very much Glenn, just so long as I don't fall off my broomstick, I recall young Harry Potter having a few problems with a Hex'ed broomstick during a Quidditch match.
Thanks very much Pete, well, the edge of the Hex was showing up in last years data from at least August, a look over on the PVOL data base will confirm that. It is pretty safe to assume that the last time the North pole was open with respect to Earth, over 30 years ago, no one saw the Hex and to be honest about this neither have we, yet. The ring tilt is currently just over 19 degrees and we are seeing maybe just over half of the Hexagon in our images. At some point between now and mid 2016, when the ring tilt will open to just over 26 degrees, the entire Hexagon will be visible. What a challenge that would be with good seeing and good optics, to visually glimpse it.