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Paul G. Abel
sage


Reged: 01/28/10

Loc: UK
Saturn near opposition new
      #5828535 - 04/28/13 02:48 PM

Greetings all,

Attached is an observation of Saturn, close to opposition last night. Seeing conditions were rather poor and never better than AIV, and AV a lot of the time! I spent some time examining the planet with a W#11 filter. Some interesting features seen, in particular the ShGR was seen on both sides of the ansae. It also looked like two TWS were present. I am convinced this is just an artefact of the poor seeing conditions however. The B1-Ring was very bright (Opposition Effect very prominent) and for the first time this apparition, the B1-Ring appeared to be white in colour. Satellite Tethys is shown in the drawing.
The Northern polar region was rather dark with some hints of blue colour, absolutely no sign of the polar hexagon was detected.

Best wishes,
-Paul



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niteskystargazer
Carpal Tunnel
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Reged: 10/05/09

Loc: 41-43'-28" N 87-42'-39" W
Re: Saturn near opposition new [Re: Paul G. Abel]
      #5828762 - 04/28/13 05:05 PM

Paul,

Very nice sketch of Saturn .

CS,KLU,

.

Tom


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kenrenard
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Dunmore, PA
Re: Saturn near opposition new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5829038 - 04/28/13 08:25 PM

Great work. I really like the detail you go into about seeing and detail. I feel I learn so much from the visual observers and sketchers. Thanks for sharing.


Ken


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stuart keenor
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Reged: 02/20/11

Re: Saturn near opposition new [Re: Paul G. Abel]
      #5829678 - 04/29/13 08:29 AM

nice sketch paul been a fan of your posts very impressive description also , been a struggle lately here in wales (monmouthshire) the seeing been very poor again great work stuart

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maroubra_boy
Vendor - Gondwana Telescopes


Reged: 09/08/09

Loc: Sydney, Australia
Re: Saturn near opposition new [Re: stuart keenor]
      #5829811 - 04/29/13 10:11 AM

Sensational sketch, Paul. Very, very nicely done

Alex.


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Tommy5
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Reged: 03/28/04

Loc: Chicagoland
Re: Saturn near opposition new [Re: maroubra_boy]
      #5831010 - 04/29/13 08:09 PM

Very nice Saturn sketch, I am a big fan of the #11 filter on the gas giants, great sketch. lots of detail.

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Paul G. Abel
sage


Reged: 01/28/10

Loc: UK
Re: Saturn near opposition new [Re: Tommy5]
      #5833028 - 04/30/13 07:07 PM

Many thanks to you all. I think filters are a real asset to visual work and something we should all be pursuing. I encourage everyone not just to observe with filters but to also make intensity estimates and and studies of specific planetary features.

Best wishes,
-Paul


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Aquarellia
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Reged: 10/27/12

Loc: Provence, France
Re: Saturn near opposition [Re: Paul G. Abel]
      #5835505 - 05/02/13 12:35 AM

Hi Paul. Excellent. It's so difficult to sketch Saturn, you did it very well.

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