But on a wing an a prayer I am posting this; being part of a series of good seeing with Saturn and Mars over these past weeks – and unable to post anywhere……..
My useful sessions with Saturn this apparition amount to a mere six with May 2 and March 11 being the most productive. On the date of the drawing the planet never getting higher than 20º from here. However patience and persistence still delivers and I already was optimistic seeing-wise from an earlier good session with Mars.
I could see no activity, even in the best moments, but on other nights, especially March 11, some lighter areas in the NTZ were seen or suspected. I’m pretty convinced I truly got the hexagon last apparition. This was undoubtedly aided by an unusually light surrounding NPR; but this has darkened markedly now so any angular outline to the cap will be very challenging for me now I suspect.
Colour: for the globe I felt there was a preponderance of brass-tones – with shades from very tarnished to fairly polished! Even the apparently slatey NPC has turned out to sample as a deep muddy-brown shade as developed from my saved colour impressions/comparisons; and simply looks bluish by contrast – at least on my monitors!
Fuller report on Solar System Observing Forum.