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Saturn 3rd June 2013 good seeing :)

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#1 chrisrnuttall


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 03:43 PM


Something amazing has happened, I have observed a planet under good seeing conditions!

Again this drawing was done at the eyepiece, but because of the good seeing I got suckered into concentrating on little details before I had got the over all appearance and colour of Saturn drawn, and as a result the whole thing turned out a bit lop sided and a bit brown. This meant I had to a do a bit of sorting out indoors yesterday.

Ring C was easily seen against the dark sky and crossing the disc.
Ring B was easily resolved into three different intensities.
Ring A looked incredibly wide under the conditions, it was a little whiter at its inner edge, and near the outer edge the Encke division was continuously seen, albeit never totally crisp, and just a little bit soft or even grainy looking.

In the Southern Hemishpere I noted a bright zone in the middle of the visible area.
The Equatorial zone was bright and clearly showed an Equatorial zone belt with a hard southern edge.
The NEB was more intense at either edge, and did just about show some unevenness in the very best moments, there was also the impression of a very slightly darker area at about L2=19° which could be seen to follow the planet's rotation over the session.
The North Temperate zone appeared dirty yellow,
The polar cap appeared dark grey/brown, with a dirty white collar.
No Hexagon.

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:09 PM

Yiiiiikkkesssssss you did it Chris!!!

I'm at work, Ill be back for the read later.

That's on for the books !


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 06:32 PM

very nice work chris we have been lucky here in monmouthshire also had good seeing the last few nights and looks good for the rest of the week!!!! amazing for the the uk!! how do you find the orion optics scope? regards stuy

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 08:16 PM

Wow that looks to be your best Saturn which is saying a lot, congrads

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:47 AM


This is stunning for a Saturn sketch. I especially like the details on the disk and in the rings plus subdued color.
This is how I see it on those rare perfect nights. Sketching it so well is at a whole different level.

Frank :)

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:54 AM


Very good sketch of Saturn :).




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Posted 06 June 2013 - 11:37 AM

A real masterpiece. Very nice work. You really captured some fabulous detail.


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:16 PM

Another great observation Chris, we are getting one or two nights of better seeing at the moment - unusual for the UK !!

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:27 PM

Oh wow! Just brilliant, Chris! Very nice work indeed! :D


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 01:12 PM

Great work :waytogo:

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 10:46 AM

Yep, another great one, Chris. Thanks for sharing.

I missed Saturn this season traveling and returning during the wet season.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:06 AM

Hi Chris,

Very fine observation and sketch. You recorded a lot of fine detail.


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