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January 13, 2003, 2:45 - 4:15 UT, seeing 6 - 7 (good - very good) transparency 4.

Astro-Physics 5.1" f/8.35 EDF refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 231x - 264x with Baader binoviewer.

The South Polar Region (SPR), the South South Temperate Zone (SSTeZ), and the South South Temperate Band (SSTeB) appeared green in color. The South Tropical Zone (STrZ) appeared tan in color.

The South Equatorial Belt (SEB) was light brown and divided into the South Equatorial Belt south (SEBs), Equatorial Belt zone (white in color), and South Equatorial Belt north (SEBn).

The Equatorial Zone (EZ) appeared light yellow. A faint Equatorial Band (EB) was visible that divided the EZ into the EZ south (EZs) and EZ north (EZn).

The Crepe Ring was prominent and visible in front of the globe. The Cassini Division was visible all the way around the rings, with the globe of the planet faintly visible in the Cassini Division in front of the globe. The A-Ring appeared darker then B-Ring, and the Encke Minima was visible on both ansae of the A-Ring. Outside of the Encke Minima on the preceding or left ansae a brighter area was visible. On the inner portion of the B-Ring shading was noted, which was more prominent on the preceding ansae.

Four satellites were visible near Saturn including Tethys, Dione, Rhea, and Titan. When the seeing settled down Titan had a slight reddish-orange color to it.