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#1 GR1973


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:19 AM


How many moons of Saturn can you see with your quester?


#2 starboy1954



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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:20 PM

I can always see Titan. Rhea pops in and out depending on the seeing. I live in hugely light polluted skies however.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 09:22 AM

I'll try that out, i think there is one moon or a bright star in the field when I use mine.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:27 PM

How many moons of Saturn can you see with your quester?

Interesting question -- in looking over my observing notes, I have seen Titan (~mag 8.1), Rhea (~mag 9.4), Tethys (~mag 10), and Dione (~mag 10.1) using a 12mm Brandon (without Barlow). Only Enceladus (~mag 11.5) has not been seen by me when using a Questar.

Titan is almost always seen, and Rhea is also visible even when light haze/thin clouds are present. Tethys and Dione are faint dots of light that need a clear, dark sky. And now that Saturn is becoming higher in the evening sky, I'll have to try to see Enceladus (thus far this year the weather and moonlight has not been cooperative in my area).

I also think that my high altitude (~6200 ft/1887 m) helps in seeing these moons of Saturn.

#5 Brent


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Posted 30 May 2013 - 08:20 PM

Jim's reply sounds about like my own experience. Not sure if I've seen Enceladus. The other four, I'm pretty sure of. I remember seeing four moons all on one night.


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Posted 15 June 2013 - 11:25 PM

Caught 5 tonight with my new to me Questar 7 and 16mm Brandon Enceladus was mostly with averted vision but there were very brief moments where it could be seen clearly directly.

#7 Bill Boublitz

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:44 PM

On the 15th June at 02:50 UT, I glimpsed six points about the planet before clouds intervened. Confirmed Titan, Rhea, Dione, Tethys. There was another forming an equilateral triangle with Titan/Rhea. Background star? Moon?

The other point of light was wide away to the west of Saturn. Could find not ephemera on what it might have been. Any ideas? Thanks, ~ Bill/ Q7astro

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