Well done, Kev!
My first thought on reading and seeing your top Saturn here was "do you have any more data you could combine to pump up the SNR? Maybe experiment a bit with Winjupos?" Measuring Saturn is so easy in WJP thanks to that lovely ring system. If you have any other data on Saturn at all from that night, please consider giving it a go.
Nights with seeing like that are very rare these days - we have to make the most of them.
Another thing you can do in Winjupos (if you get it to create a master image) is to tell it to create a polar projection (of the N pole). That will CLEARLY show the hexagonal shape of the polar region these days and in conditions like you had.
And, oh - when I was first ramping-up in this lark, I used to label every successive better set of conditions "very good seeing". Only once you've ONE TIME experienced truly good seeing somewhere, can you start to more objectively rank seeing. I suspect you'll encounter substantially better at some time and then adjust expectations accordingly. But the problem is that, once you've had truly excellent seeing, you become almost obsessed with getting it again.
Don't let it drive you to drink, but don't let it keep you forever 'dry', either. Life is a balance!
I’m truly ecstatic about this outcome, I had no expectation of anything like this given the elevation.
Re Winjupos, yes I have multiple captures not only from late last night but also from early this a.m. I fully intend utilising WJ’s functions but for now I’ll bide my time harvesting good captures when possible.
I’ll be in France end of the month for the annual wife’s-big-family-get-together thing, sadly without scope. As it will probably rain a lot (it always seems to rain on us en France), I may very well bring the laptop and try some Winju-posing there. I can also bring my DSLR and have a crack at planetary stuff using BYEOS.
Cheers for the drinking tip, as you can see in the video link I’m enjoying a wee tipple after the debacle with my red dot finder (I really need to get something more substantial to replace that gizmo). Mark (Lacaille) and I had a conversation about this actually a while back, from memory I think he bought some kind of rifle-sight thing, I must check that thing out again...
What do you use as a finderscope?