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#1 astronz59

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 11:27 PM

I can never pass Saturn by during times of exceptional seeing such as this one. Probably one of my best views yet - good steady image with lots of colours to see. Northern hemisphere belts ranging from reddish ochre at the equator to greenish brown. Sketched this on October 8th, but subsequently, a careless blunder with a table saw led to me loosing the tip of my thumb, which has curtailed holding a pencil properly and indeed, only managing to set up my telescope with difficulty. I should have this cool scar with which to regale folks about rampant counterweights and the like......Telescope.gif bigblush.gif

 

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#2 jeremiah2229

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 02:39 AM

Hope all is well with your thumb. Hope it was just a little "tip". Ouch...   gottahurt.gif

 

 

Peace...



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 02:57 AM

An outstanding observation and sketch for a 4". 

 

 

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 03:22 AM

I agree, great sketch for a 4" refractor. I might have to get one. :)

 

Seriously, though, the detail on the globe is pretty difficult to see, IME. Yet, you captured quite a bit of detail. You describe the colors nicely. Very good observation. I'd urge you to study the rings a little more, too, at a bit more magnification closer to 200x or 250x. They are bright and can take some magnification and there are some brighter rings in the A and B rings. You may or may not catch the Enke minimum, it seems pretty tough these days. Next good night out. :)



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 07:29 AM

Norme, really sorry for your thumb, fortunatly you still have 9 fingers left!  grin.gif

Happy for the seeing you got! Actually far away from mine at present time! I appreciate very much your drawing with all these details, and especially the shadow of the planet on the rings. It must have been a treat at the eyepiece. Thank's for sharing,

 

 

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Francis


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#6 Asbytec

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 08:01 AM

Norme, really sorry for your thumb, fortunatly you still have 9 fingers left!  grin.gif

 

Clear skies,
Francis

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Found it. :)

 

Yea, as we all know, seeing really matters. I think even in deep sky it matters to some extent. Tonight I was at 600x on NGC 7009, again, (kind of on topic, Saturn...) but saw not much. Seeing was noticeably degraded. The Saturn Nebula was a large blur, really. Saturn was okay earlier, but you could tell it was degraded, too. Jupiter was a mess. 



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 11:56 AM

Ian,

 

An excellent sketch of Saturn. I really enjoy observing Saturn but sketching Saturn gives me fits.

Sorry to hear about your thumb. At least if you hold what you were cutting exactly the same way nest time

it will miss hitting the end of your thumb.

 

Frank :)



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Posted 17 October 2019 - 03:49 PM

Ian,

 

Nice sketch of Saturn on high....smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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#9 astronz59

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Posted 17 October 2019 - 04:59 PM

Ian,

 

An excellent sketch of Saturn. I really enjoy observing Saturn but sketching Saturn gives me fits.

Sorry to hear about your thumb. At least if you hold what you were cutting exactly the same way nest time

it will miss hitting the end of your thumb.

 

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He he, thanks Frank! I use the Saturn templates from the BAA website. I have attached the one I used for the current ring tilt:

 

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 03:37 AM

The  C-ring  was  so  apparent  in  your  view  &  sketch  also  really  the  globe's  shadow  cast  on  it   ....in  a  small  refractor.

 Good  observation.



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 06:03 AM

Very good sketch.
I wish you to soon heal your thumb.
Greetings. Pedro



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Posted 22 October 2019 - 09:18 AM

Can you actually see band detail in a 4''? I can only notice the usual cream disk with brown band, but without the delicate divisions in the band in the 4.5'' newtonian as in your drawing. Must be either good eyesight or optical quality or both.



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Posted 22 October 2019 - 03:09 PM

Can you actually see band detail in a 4''? I can only notice the usual cream disk with brown band, but without the delicate divisions in the band in the 4.5'' newtonian as in your drawing. Must be either good eyesight or optical quality or both.

Both.My refractor has extremely good optics and I have just had a cataract operation on my observing eye (right). The latter has made a huge improvement in my astronomy colour vision




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