Saturn Last Night
Posted 19 June 2013 - 10:37 PM
Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:46 AM
Unusually warm, about 18C at 11pm, with a light intermittant breeze. When the breeze blew for a good few minutes at a stretch, the seeing was spectacularly crisp, with Cassini stretching fully 'round the planet, sharp planet's shadow on the rings and ring shadow providing a contrasting edge to the ring's passage in front of the gas giant. The crepe ring ghosted in and out of site in these moments, and the Encke Minimum could occasionally be glimpsed.
I was observing at 200x in my 8" dob.
But that was probably only 25% of the time. the rest of the time, it was a blurred, dancing mess. Sometimes the rings couldn't be resolved at all, LOL. Must have been eddies of different temp air masses rolling off the land north of me.
I also spent some time hunting moons. Ultimately, I was able to find and then confirm the location of 6 of the moons, with reference to my laptop. Enceladus and Mimas remain ellusive for me. I may have glimpsed Enceladus, but only a fleeting suspicion in averted vision.
I tried to spot the polar "Hexagon". The face of the planet was well lined with its usual subtle banding, with a bright cloud band bordering a relatively darker polar region, again, fleeting, a suspicion.
Was nice to get the scope out under cloudless night skies for a change. It's been fairly dismal the last couple months.
Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:43 AM
Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:42 PM
Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:07 AM
Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:52 PM
The seeings been pretty good finally. Nothing like summer steadiness. Ill bet Saturn was all that.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 10:13 PM
Very nice web site, great photos. Does any translation exist into English or French or German or Italian? I would love to read what you have to say but I don't see a translation button on the web site.
It is great that this is an international forum so don't take my question as a complaint,
Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:51 PM
After four weeks and few days, finally the sky cleared. Saturn was plain glorious. That shadow sure is the show stopper.
Still couldn't get past 275 power. That darned 90% humidity is wet at any temperature.
Hurry up and get her Mr. Fall.