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October 6, 2002, 7:35 - 10:35 UT, seeing 5 - 8 (fair - very good) transparency 5.
Astro-Physics 7.1" f/9 EDT refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 230x - 306 with Baader binoviewer.
The South Polar Region (SPR), the South South Temperate Zone (SSTeZ), and the South South Temperate Band (SSTeB) appeared green in color. The South Tropical Zone (STrZ) appeared tan-brown in color.
The South Equatorial Belt (SEB) was light brown, and appeared bisected by a rift which divided the SEB into the South Equatorial Belt south (SEBs), and South Equatorial Belt north (SEBn). The SEB south near the preceding limb appeared to have two indentations or notches along the top. Near the following limb the SEB appeared to have a dark patch or section that straddled the rift and was partially visible across it.
The Equatorial Zone (EZ) appeared light yellow. A faint Equatorial Band (EB) was visible that divided the EZ into the EZ south (EZs) and EZ north (EZn).
The shadow of the globe was visible on the rings, giving the planet a 3-D look to it. The Crepe Ring was prominent and visible in front of the globe.
On the preceding (or left) ansae of the B-Ring several spokes were visible, which during the course of the observation appeared to have rotated from the 9:00 o'clock position up towards the 11:00 o'clock position on the rings. On the following ansae one intensity minima was visible, and shading extended from the C-Ring out it.
The Cassini Division was visible all the way around the rings, with the globe of the planet faintly visible in the Cassini Division in front of the globe. A-Ring appeared darker then B-Ring, and the Encke Minima was visible on both ansae of the A-Ring.
Five satellites were visible near Saturn including Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus, and Titan. When the seeing settled down Titan had a slight reddish-orange color to it.