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December 8, 2002, 4:15 - 6:20 UT, seeing 5 - 7 (good - very good) transparency 3.
Astro-Physics 7.1" f/9 EDT refractor on homemade Dobsonian-style mount. Magnification 275x - 344 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 in color.
The South Equatorial Belt (SEB) was light brown and divided into the South Equatorial Belt south (SEBs), Equatorial Belt zone (white in color), and South Equatorial Belt north (SEBn).
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 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, while on the following ansae four spokes were visible. These were more prominent than those on the preceding ansae.
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.
Outside of the Encke Minima on the following or right ansae four radial spokes were visible, with brighter areas appearing between them. Two additional bright areas were visible on the left or preceding ansae. I have observed similar radial spokes and lighter areas in Saturn's A-Ring on September 12, 1998, October 5, 2001, and January 13, 2003.
Four satellites were visible near Saturn including Tethys, Dione, Rhea, and Titan. When the seeing settled down Titan had a slight reddish-orange color to it.