Saturn is essentially at opposition for the next week, with the actual event on the 14th. A couple of interesting things are going on that are worth looking for.
1) The rings are as open as they get. The short diameter of the ellipse of the rings is 19" of arc! The long diameter is 42", bigger than Jupiter.
2) The shadow of Saturn falls wholly on the rings and does not interrupt it.
3) The ball should be visible through the Cassini division opposite the shadow.
4) The far edge of the shadow is tangent to the Encke division and may be of use in seeing that elusive feature.
5) This is the time to look for dusky shadings in the main ring.
6) Because the rings are at their widest, this is the best time to see the crepe ring effect, seeing the ball through the innermost ring.
7) The polar region is at its best aspect.
edit: Interaction of the shadow of Saturn and the Encke division should produce a visual effect whereby the shadow appears to be flattened and extended, not the smooth elliptical curve of the shadow of a sphere cast on a plane.
Edited by deSitter, 09 June 2017 - 06:34 PM.