Choosing A Telescope
Telescope Aperture Considerations
Introduction to Planetary Sketching
Refractor Dobsonian Style Mounts
The Bonds: Pioneers of American Astronomy
Saturn's Encke Minima and Encke Division
Nature and Travel Photography
Recommended Astronomy Books
January 23, 2002, 2:45 - 3:10 UT, seeing 7 - 8 (very good) transparency 2.
Astro-Physics 5.1" f/8.35 EDF refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 231x - 264 with Baader binoviewer.
The South Polar Region (SPR) appeared green in color. The South Equatorial Belt appeared light brown, and in the Equatorial Zone (EZ) the Equatorial Band (EB) was visible. EZ south (EZs) appeared light yellow, while the EZ north (EZn) appeared white in color. Globe was visible through the Crepe Ring. Shading was noted on both the preceding and following ansae of the B-Ring. Encke Minima visible on both the following and the preceding ansae, with the Minima appearing wider in the middle and narrower at the ends. The C or Crepe Ring prominent. The globe of the planet was faintly visible through the Cassini Division. A-Ring appeared darker then B-Ring.
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.