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August 22, 2002, 8:50 - 9:15 UT, seeing 6 - 7 (good - very good) transparency 3.5. Mostly clear with a few clouds.

Astro-Physics 5.1" f/8.35 EDF refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification mostly 205x with Baader binoviewer. It has been a while since I last observed Saturn so I spent some time just admiring the view. With steady seeing Saturn was as beautiful as always, and it is one of my favorite objects to observe.

The South Polar Region (SPR) appeared green in color. The South Equatorial Belt appeared light brown, and the Equatorial Zone (EZ) appeared light yellow. There were times when I thought the Equatorial Band (EB) was visible but not 100% sure.

The shadow of the globe was visible on the rings, giving the planet a 3-D look to it. At times the Crepe Ring was faintly visible in front of the globe. The C or Crepe Ring was prominent. A-Ring appeared darker then B-Ring.

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