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March 16th, 2009, 9:00 - 9:30 UT, seeing variable from 5 - 6 (fair to good), transparency 5.0.

TMB 175mm f/8 refractor on a homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 149x - 264x with Baader binoviewer. Filters used: none, Baader Moon & Skyglow filter.

In the above sketch the preceding limb is on the left, the following limb is on the right, south is at the top, and north is at the bottom. The North Polar region is now tilted towards the Earth.

The southern portion of the globe had more of a green color to it, while the northern portion of the globe appeared more blue in color. The Equatorial Zone appeared light yellow in color, while the South Equatorial Belt had a light brown color to it.

The rings were open 2.9 giving them a delicate appearance. In addition the colors of Saturn's atmosphere seemed more pastel (softer) than when the rings are wider. The shadow of the globe was visible on the following (right hand side) of the rings. The rings cast a shadow on the front of the globe. It was a striking view of Saturn.

Four satellites were visible near Saturn including Rhea, Dione, Tethys, and Titan.

On the same night I made this sketch of Saturn I made a sketch of Comet Lulin C/2007 N3 and the Eskimo Nebula as well.