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
December 31, 2001, 2:45 - 3:10 UT, seeing 4 - 5 (fair-good) transparency 5. Windy conditions made it difficult to see and record the finer planetary detail.
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. The South Equatorial Belt appeared light brown, and in the Equatorial Zone (EZ) the Equatorial Band (EB) was visible. EZ south (EZs) appeared light yellow, while the EZ north (EZn) appeared white in color. Globe was visible through the Crepe Ring. Shading was noted on both the preceding and following ansae of the B-Ring. Encke Minima visible on the preceding ansae. The C or Crepe Ring prominent. The globe of the planet was visible through the Cassini Division. 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.