At last can get to posting the May 7 views after some urgent observatory roof restoration.....as related in my Mars/M35 thread (Post #6).........
“....on Friday morning after a good session with Jupiter & Saturn a cat leaping off the observatory/garden shed north roof caused a major cave in. Showing how rotted/weakened the structure was (and likely surprised/shocked the cat). That fixed/non-opening roof already earmarked for a major renewal by end summer. The (temporary) repair has taken some time and effort and that was constantly stalled with the showery weather.”
Yesterday morning after a decent view of Jupiter I might start to feel under attack from the animal world. Completing the sketch I ambled over to the garden seat to take in the dawn chorus only to see a Blackbird swoop into the observatory. Briefly perching on the sketching board it launched back out and sent the drawing plummeting to the floor. The concrete floor is still damp and muddied from the recent roof failure and repair activity. Phew....it had landed face-up, and thankfully the bird did not leave a ‘calling card’ – as the avian ‘graffiti’ around the yard lately might have signalled!
My first view of the GRS this apparition and seems fairly dark tho’ its hue quite muted. Saturn was hopeless on the 11th, and so too was Jupiter till nearly sunrise. Getting Jupiter when the GRS was still clearing the CM; the seeing IV/III-IV then, Already an indication of the spot’s dullness when in recent apparitions the vividness still beaconed through even poor spells of definition – giving an almost fluorescent effect at times.
As with other apparitions of Saturn the closing ring reveals the formerly hidden hemisphere (Southern) is showing that cold bluish cast (sometimes greenish)...........Dave.