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Introduction to Planetary Sketching
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The Bonds: Pioneers of American Astronomy
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March 22nd, 2012, 3:25 - 3:59 UT, seeing fair, transparency 4.0.
A persistent westerly breeze not only made the air temperature feel colder but it impacted the seeing also as it was mostly fair at best.
TMB 130mm (5.1") f/9.25 refractor on a alt-az mount. Magnification mostly 227x with Baader binoviewer. Filters used: none and 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 South Polar Region appeared gray in color.
The North Equatorial Belt appeared light brown in color.
The Equatorial Zone appeared light yellow in color.
The North Polar Region appeared green in color.
The shadow of the globe was visible on the following (right hand side) of the rings, giving the planet a 3-D look to it. The rings cast a shadow on the front of the globe.
The Cassini Division was noticeable on both ring ansa.
Nearby the moons Titan, Tethys, Dione, and Rhea were visible.