Seeing/Saturn


Kent Blackwell
 

I don't know how many observed on Wednesday evening but the seeing
was just stunning. I rolled the 25" out to do some tweeks. After
tweeking the alignments of the mirrors a bit I pointed the telescope
towards Saturn. Wow, it was the best I've ever seen it. Seriously, I
could easily see Cassini and Crepe Divisions. Encke was a challenge
but visilbe.I could also see the shading in Ring-B. For a split
second I saw spokes in Ring-B. This is only the second time I've ever
seen these spokes.

I've always been an advocate of planet observing in the city. The
pollution certainly helps steady the atmosphere. All you have to do
on this evening is step outside. You can "feel" the stagnant air, and
smell the coal buring fireplaces. A great time to look at Jupe &
Saturn.

Kent Blackwell

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