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
September 10, 2002, 8:50 - 9:05 UT, seeing 5 - 6 (fair - good) transparency 3.
Astro-Physics 5.1" f/8.35 EDF refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 185x - 231 with Baader binoviewer. At low power Saturn appeared to be floating in a sea of black in a starry sky.
The South Polar Region (SPR) appeared green in color. The South Equatorial Belt appeared light brown, and the Equatorial Zone (EZ) appeared light yellow. A faint Equatorial Band (EB) was visible was visible from time to time but was not quite visible across the entire EZ.
The shadow of the globe was visible on the rings, giving the planet a 3-D look to it. The C or Crepe Ring was prominent and at times was faintly visible in front of the globe. A-Ring appeared darker then B-Ring.
Four satellites were visible near Saturn including Tethys, Dione, Rhea, and Titan.