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niallk

On My Knees for Saturn!

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niallk    1,488

I wanted to catch Saturn for the first time this year, and it has been a beautiful evening here, so I headed down to the coast to chance it.  I knew it was going to be low, so I tempered my hopes.  I had checked the jetstream forecast so I had a teeny bit of optimism, and warm temperatures meant observing in a T-shirt, and also no major temp differentials around my mirror. Got there as sunset slowly began - lovely calm night, with the birds on the marsh land calling, the waves lapping softly on the beach.

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Saturn was at 14° altitude, right down in the haze near the horizon, so I was kneeling on the ground at the EP :) Put in a 10E, then an 8E for ~250x.  The view was crisp - some slowly varying seeing, but exceeding what I could have dared to hope for! The Cassini division was clearly visible, with a clear colour difference between the A and B rings.  I forgot to concentrate on trying to discern the C ring - but suffice to say it wasn't obvious!  From time to time I even thought that I might just be seeing the Encke minima. The was strong equatorial banding on the planet, along with some more banding hues towards the north pole - which was darker near the 'cap'. There was a hint of dark shadow either side of the pole on the rings - it appeared very minimal to me.  Dione, Titan, Tethys, Iapetus and Rhea were visible, Enceladus fleetingly with averted vision, and I later saw that Mimas was behind the disc on Sky Safari.

I was delighted with the views, well worth the lack of sleep and running on coffee in work today!

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Pondus    585

The guns of Navarone :icon_biggrin:.

 

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scarp15    2,103

Good result, great location.

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Piero    2,859

Super report and certainly a worth evening! :)

I was really impressed when I saw the marked colour of the equatorial belt. 

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Paz    664

Nice report, I wouldn't mind a bit of beach myself!

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MarsG76    1,544

awesome... good views of Saturn are always breath taking.

 

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orion25    935

And who says the beach is only for sunning? Great report and nice location. Glad you got a good look at the ringed wonder :hello2:

Reggie

P.S. Nice dob setup!

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elliot    104

I got damp knees the other night observing Saturn through my dob.  EQ mount users don't get that joy and are missing out.

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