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#1 Paul G. Abel

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 01:48 PM

Greetings all,

Attached is an observation of Saturn, close to opposition last night. Seeing conditions were rather poor and never better than AIV, and AV a lot of the time! I spent some time examining the planet with a W#11 filter. Some interesting features seen, in particular the ShGR was seen on both sides of the ansae. It also looked like two TWS were present. I am convinced this is just an artefact of the poor seeing conditions however. The B1-Ring was very bright (Opposition Effect very prominent) and for the first time this apparition, the B1-Ring appeared to be white in colour. Satellite Tethys is shown in the drawing.
The Northern polar region was rather dark with some hints of blue colour, absolutely no sign of the polar hexagon was detected.

Best wishes,
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#2 niteskystargazer

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 04:05 PM

Paul,

Very nice sketch of Saturn :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:.

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#3 kenrenard

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 07:25 PM

Great work. I really like the detail you go into about seeing and detail. I feel I learn so much from the visual observers and sketchers. Thanks for sharing.


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#4 stuart keenor

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:29 AM

nice sketch paul been a fan of your posts very impressive description also , been a struggle lately here in wales (monmouthshire) the seeing been very poor again great work stuart

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 09:11 AM

Sensational sketch, Paul. Very, very nicely done :)

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#6 Tommy5

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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:09 PM

Very nice Saturn sketch, I am a big fan of the #11 filter on the gas giants, great sketch. lots of detail.

#7 Paul G. Abel

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Posted 30 April 2013 - 06:07 PM

Many thanks to you all. I think filters are a real asset to visual work and something we should all be pursuing. I encourage everyone not just to observe with filters but to also make intensity estimates and and studies of specific planetary features.

Best wishes,
-Paul

#8 Aquarellia

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:35 PM

Hi Paul. Excellent. It's so difficult to sketch Saturn, you did it very well.






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