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#1 fcathell

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 11:09 PM

We had superb skies here in Tucson this evening after a few high thin clouds passed through. I was able to push the 150mm Mak to 330X on Saturn without any image degradation. Could make out the Crepe Ring, some pale atmospheric banding and of course the shadow of Saturn back on the rings. The Cassini Division went all the way around. I was able to see Titan, Rhea, Dione, and Tethys pretty easily.  At about 8:30 local MST I actually caught a few glimpses of Enceladus. This is only the 2nd time I've seen this moon in a scope less than 8 inches. The glare of Saturn really hinders catching this moon. You could almost make a straight line from Saturn through Enceladus and Rhea to Titan tonight. I was also able to check out my 30mm, 2" eyepiece with a 70* AFOV on the scope. Put the scope on M22 with this eyepiece arrangement - very nice, and no vignetting that I could detect.  I can't wait to try this next weekend at a dark sky site just over the Tucson Mts, weather cooperating of course.

 

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Posted 16 September 2019 - 12:20 AM

Also had great views of Saturn tonight.  Through the XT8 with 12.4, 9.7 and 10mm eyepieces, the Cassini division was easily seen. I ended my session with a wide angle and beautiful view of Saturn and Titan on a velvet background with my 32mm eyepiece!


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 06:34 PM

Also had great views of Saturn tonight.  Through the XT8 with 12.4, 9.7 and 10mm eyepieces, the Cassini division was easily seen. I ended my session with a wide angle and beautiful view of Saturn and Titan on a velvet background with my 32mm eyepiece!

Ken, I also have an XT8. I have the Plus model. Saturn was amazing over the last few nights. Sitting high enough to escape atmospheric distortion and the planet was so bright and clear. Cassini Division easily seen with a 10mm Plossl and was a real treat in a 7mm Nagler T6. Really great views. Haven’t seen it this clear and bright in years. 


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 07:25 PM

Saturn was also superb from the south island of New Zealand last night. One of the rare occasions I was able to double up with the Barlow lens. It was about the clearest view of of the Cassini Division I've had through my 6" Dobsonian - although it is transiting at around 72 degrees currently.


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 08:26 PM

Yesterday, I collimated my telescope again. I tarted off with Jupiter to align my red dot finder, then moved to Saturn...WOW, this was the first night in a long time that the seeing was nice and steady.  I saw 3 moons, cassini division went all the way round, the crepe ring was there and belts on the planet were obvious.  I could even tell there was a darkening at the pole.

 

Clear and steady skies!

 

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Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:26 AM

We had superb skies here in Tucson this evening after a few high thin clouds passed through. I was able to push the 150mm Mak to 330X on Saturn without any image degradation. Could make out the Crepe Ring, some pale atmospheric banding and of course the shadow of Saturn back on the rings. The Cassini Division went all the way around. I was able to see Titan, Rhea, Dione, and Tethys pretty easily.  At about 8:30 local MST I actually caught a few glimpses of Enceladus. This is only the 2nd time I've seen this moon in a scope less than 8 inches. The glare of Saturn really hinders catching this moon. You could almost make a straight line from Saturn through Enceladus and Rhea to Titan tonight. I was also able to check out my 30mm, 2" eyepiece with a 70* AFOV on the scope. Put the scope on M22 with this eyepiece arrangement - very nice, and no vignetting that I could detect.  I can't wait to try this next weekend at a dark sky site just over the Tucson Mts, weather cooperating of course.

 

Frank

 

 

Glad you caught that. This summer the views of Jupiter and Saturn for me, 80 percent of the times I looked was just BAD seeing.  Normally, even with it's low altitude New England summer seeing can still put up a nice Saturn and Jupiter if not completely resolved.  This summer.  Nah, it's swamped in garbage seeing with a small scope.  If it's bad in the tiny scope under 3.5" it's utterly lousy in say, a C8.

 

I guess it's the global warming trend.

 

Anyway Frank, it's super you got a nice view and to add to it, those dim moons (compared to Jupiter's)..

 

Pete



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Posted 21 September 2019 - 09:14 PM

Saturn has been really sharp all this week here in northern New York even though it is only 26 degrees high..i got awesome views of it with my 12 inch dob and a 6.7 and 4.5 eyepieces..

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Posted 22 September 2019 - 06:22 AM

Glad you caught that. This summer the views of Jupiter and Saturn for me, 80 percent of the times I looked was just BAD seeing.  Normally, even with it's low altitude New England summer seeing can still put up a nice Saturn and Jupiter if not completely resolved.  This summer.  Nah, it's swamped in garbage seeing with a small scope.  If it's bad in the tiny scope under 3.5" it's utterly lousy in say, a C8.

 

I guess it's the global warming trend.

 

Anyway Frank, it's super you got a nice view and to add to it, those dim moons (compared to Jupiter's)..

 

Pete

Yeah, what's going wrong with summer seeing in New England this year? I used to have really good views from May to November, before the jet stream moves down (Connecticut resident).



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Posted 23 September 2019 - 06:55 AM

Hi all,

 

Nice to read about all these good observations. I had a similar experience here in Denmark last Saturday observing Saturn with the 63mm Telementor. The evening was rarely steady and despite the low altitude i had a good view: at 80x Saturn was a well defined nice golden disk with sharp edges against a blue sky, I pushed the scope beyond and at 200x i saw salmon, cream and white belts in the disk. what a view!

 

Carlos



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Posted 23 September 2019 - 01:24 PM

Here in NC, even though the planets mentioned are pretty low in the sky compared to other years, the few chances I have had to view, they have looked pretty good. Jupiter has shown its band system, GRS, and moon shadows. The Cassini division on Saturn has been very clear. I have been satisfied with Jupiter and Saturn this year. How will they be next year as far as the degree from the horizon is concerned, will they be higher.  The only problem I have had this year ( besides the weather occasionally ) has been that they get behind the higher trees quicker than usual, due to the low attitude in the sky.




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