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#1 penguinx64

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 04:25 PM

Tonight I had my best view of Saturn yet. Until now, I've been using an Orion Trimag 3x barlow and a KK Fujiyama 12.5mm Ortho at 108x for viewing Saturn. I thought that was as good as it gets with my scope.

I recently picked up an Explorer Scientific 5x focal extender and an 18mm Baader Classic Ortho to try at 125x instead. Tonight I finally tried that and attached a #8 light yellow filter to the focal extender. That worked really good, so I figured why not try the 12.5mm Fuji ortho with the focal extender for 180x? Wow, what a difference! This was my best view of Saturn yet! I could even see the Cassini division better than I've seen it before. The Explorer Scientific 5x focal extender kicks butt!

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:05 PM

Nice report Peng.

My seasons over on this one regrettably. Its just too near rooftops at the time I observe and I don't feel like driving to see a planet 30degrees off the horizon. Glad you are seeing all that tho!

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:43 PM

Penguin, you have gotten really good with your Starblast. It's not just the equipment. Good report.

Down here in South Florida I would have great views of Saturn, and even Mars, if it weren't for the rainy season.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:59 PM

Very true Ed!

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 05:27 AM

Saturn is getting very low in the sky these days. I wanted to get a good look at it before it's gone.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 05:19 PM

I know how you guys feel. I've been trying to get a few last glimpse this year because it's going to be even lower for the next few years. :(

Eric

Edit: just went out tonight and Saturn is just too low to give good views. I think my season just ended for this one too. At least I had a great view of it last week when the seeing was very stable.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 09:36 AM

Eric,

So true but I always temper that with the fact that some of the BEST Saturns I've seen were in summers seeing. Just 30 degrees off the horizon but holding together at 364x!!! What the low position in the ecliptic does is ask that the astronomer be more astute about planning out a profitable session. The path of the low end of the ecliptic has a very short run before it runs abysmally low in altitude again and sets altogether. Take mars for example this past apparition - its way up there. The window of best altitude is immense. Saturn all low on the horizon is a challenge as you state but the proper window is narrow too.

Suffice it to say I was too late in taking advantage of this window and now it boils over rooftops just as my scope is ready to go. I should have begun a good month earlier and later into the night.

Oh well.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 01:01 PM

Yeah, but to me it's more like it was last night- pretty good seeing initially, but worsening, along with the transparency, as the night progressed. Moons initially visible become visible only through averted vision and then disappear altogether.

As of right now, I think it is better to get a early start in the evening to view Saturn. It sinks into the hazier levels of the sky too early now.

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:30 PM

We have Uranus and Neptune on the way again however. A little too late for me now but coming around!

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