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Saturn Last Night

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#51 BenRuss


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 10:37 PM

I just came in from outside and had a great 45 minutes or so of viewing. Great night all around for Saturn and I. I only have the capability of 142x on a 4.5" f/4 reflector but was able to see two moons very well and a couple more that may have just been what I hoped were moons. It was spectacular either way. Crystal clear other than extra light from the moon.

#52 JasonBurry


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:46 AM

I had a nice Saturn session last night too.

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.


#53 sg80


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Posted 20 June 2013 - 09:43 AM

I had a decent session last night.I went back and forth between my 9mm ortho and 6mm plossl. 101 mag and 144 mag with my 80mm Firstscope 11.4 refractor.I viewed with and without. my lumicon mv filter.I can see Titan all the time.but for the first time with the 6.3 plossl and the filter.I seen two more moons well and maybe a third.I hardly use the 6.3 plossl most of the time it,s to much. but last night with the filter it was almost as sharp as my 9mm ortho my favorite eyepiece.I don,t know if it was the subtle reduction of false color or the slight light loss but.I like the lumicon mv filter.and there,s hardly any tint change

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Posted 24 June 2013 - 01:42 PM

I was doing public outreach astronomy on Friday and was showing Saturn at 365x on a Webster with a f/4.3 14.5 inch Zambuto mirror. All of the public could see the dark shadow of the ring division and the ring shadow on the planet. The wind was intermittently gusting to 10 mph so we would have to wait for the moments of calm for the image to show the best sharpness and contrast. The ServoCAT was great for keeping the planet in the field of view at this high of power.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 11:07 AM

Not last night but the night before, I was able to get to 405x on Saturn using the ES 4.7 or the ES 6.7mm (284x).The 4.7 and the 6.7 are great planetary e.p's.Great FOV, color and clarity. There were windows of clarity in the seeing, although brief, that revealed Enke,Cassini and the appearance of higher level atmospheric haze. Wonderful color and definition in the belts. Hands down the best I have ever seen of Saturn. I noticed the moons, but I was ignoring them while I was watching the disc for those pops in the seeing-definitely worth the wait when it happened.

#56 leviathan


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Posted 25 June 2013 - 12:15 PM

aatt, which telescope did you used ?

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 05:51 PM

A 15" Discovery Split-tube.

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 09:52 PM

Aatt ,

The seeings been pretty good finally. Nothing like summer steadiness. Ill bet Saturn was all that.


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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,
Clear skies,
Bill Meyers

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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.

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