Posted 12 April 2004 - 03:30 PM
Using Celestron Sky Master 15x70s on hefty tripod.
Ever since I bought them it's been heavy cloud cover but last night I got a peek at a very bright Saturn and all it needed was the NFL logo.
Jupiter is showing it's moons nicely deliniated in between cloud banks but I REALLY want to see Saturn better. Usual parking lot light pollution.
Maybe the planet was too bright?
Posted 12 April 2004 - 03:59 PM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 06:54 AM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 10:05 AM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 11:14 AM
Btw, I am sure that Kenny J will confirm that it's Mars that looks like a football -- Saturn looks like a rugby ball!
Posted 13 April 2004 - 11:35 AM
Posted 13 April 2004 - 04:21 PM
Following that historic innings by Mr. Lara I wouldn't mind betting there are now two or three CRICKET balls fitting the description too :-)
Back to the main point - I think to clearly discern the rings of Saturn , or more specifically the "gap" between the rings and the main sphere, at only 15x requires not only EXCELLENT seeing conditions , but even more excellent optics.
In my opinion , the challenge is very similar in chances of success to that of seeing the 4th trapezium star in Orion.
In both cases , it's good to definitely see these things at around 40x through a scope ( or large binoculars )then at least one "knows" what they are looking for , but therein lies the danger of "imagination" kicking in :-)
I can actually "positively identify" Saturn through my Zeiss 7 x 42s -- but of of course not by virtue of ring separation.
Regards -- Kenny.
Posted 13 April 2004 - 06:50 PM
Posted 14 April 2004 - 03:13 PM
It's pretty close to what I see in my ST80 @ 16x.
Jupiter is just hinting at the two main cloud bands. Depends on the seeing and how tired my eyes are. Looking at a CRT all day everyday and being in a bored mood at work doesn't help...
I should also note that almost all of these observations have been from inside looking out through plate glass. Outside is likely better.