Choosing A Telescope
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Introduction to Planetary Sketching
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The Bonds: Pioneers of American Astronomy
Saturn's Encke Minima and Encke Division
Nature and Travel Photography
Recommended Astronomy Books
December 8, 2001, 3:15 - 3:35 UT, seeing 5 - 6, transparency 5.
Astro-Physics 7.1" f/9 EDT refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount with equatorial platform. Magnification 275x with Baader binoviewer.
The South Polar Region (SPR) appeared green in color. To the south of the SPR the globe appeared brownish tan, then tan brown. 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. Encke Minima visible on both ansae as well. 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.
Four satellites were visible near Saturn including Tethys, Dione, Rhea, and Titan. When the seeing settled down Titan was resolved as a disk with a slight reddish-orange color to it.