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
October 26, 2000, 2:50-3:15 UT, seeing 8-9, transparency 4.5.
Astro-Physics 7.1" f/9 EDT refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 275x to 459x with Baader binoviewer.
South Polar Region (SPR) appeared green in color. The South Equatorial Belt appeared light brown, and in the Equatorial Zone (EZ) the Equatorial Band (EB) was visible. EZ north (EZn) was visible through the C or Crepe Ring, and appeared light yellow-gray. Shading was noted on the right or following ansae of the B-Ring, but was more prominent on the left or preceding ansae. A-Ring appeared darker then B-Ring. Cassini Division was noted all the way around the rings including in front of the globe, and globe appeared faintly visible through the Cassini Division. The Encke Minima was visible on both ansae, but was more prominent on the preceding ansae. There appeared to be an additional narrow division outside of the Encke Minima on the following ansae near the edge of the A-Ring, which may have been the Encke Division. Titan was resolved as a reddish colored disk.