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
November 10, 2001, 2:45 - 3:10 UT, seeing 5 - 7, transparency 5.
Astro-Physics 7.1" f/9 EDT refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount with equatorial platform. Magnification 275 - 393x with Baader binoviewer.
The shadow of the globe was visible on the rings, giving the planet a 3-D look to it. 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 both the preceding and following ansae of the B-Ring, but was much more pronounced on the preceding ansae. Encke Minima visible on both ansae as well, but more noticeable on the preceding ansae. The C or Crepe Ring prominent. The globe of the planet was visible through the Cassini Division as well. A-Ring appeared darker then B-Ring.
Five satellites were visible near Saturn including Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Titan, and Enceladus.