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


twforte@...
 

In a message dated 2/20/03 3:06:38 PM Eastern Standard Time,
pathfinder027@yahoo.com writes:

<< Hey, I love this BackBayAstro Group! Thanks, Ted, for setting it up >>

I like it too, but I can't take the credit for it ... Rob Schonk set it up.
So, thanks Rob!

Ted


twforte@...
 

In a message dated 2/20/03 5:21:24 PM Eastern Standard Time,
dickinson@vsb.org writes:

<< I must say the seeing up here in Richmond the last few weeks has been
awful.
I believe that the snow and ice on the ground has a real mixing effect on
the atmosphere. I miss the steady skies of Tidewater.
>>

This has been my worst couple of months for observing in a long time. The
weekends have been really crummy here for the past several weeks. I hope we
have better luck at the East Coast Star Party. Will you be there, Bill?

Ted


joseph_piotrowski <joepiotrowski@cox.net>
 

Kent,
The view up here in Williamsburg was terrible, high clouds all
evening. Kept going outside from about 9 til midnight but saw no
reason to drag out the scope.And it's a pity since I just got all the
parts for my new scope which hasn't even seen first light yet.Its
amazing how a few miles can make a big difference.Hoping for a better
night tonight but forecast is bad til friday/saturday.
Joe Piotrowski
--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, "kentblackwell <kent@e...>"
<kent@e...> wrote:
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


Kent Blackwell
 

Well, Joe, by the time I lifted my fingers off the keyboard telling everyone
how great Saturn was it had clouded over. I could see Jupiter through the
clouds but the seeing was only so-so. Looks like a had a small window of
good seeing.

Kent

----- Original Message -----
From: <joepiotrowski@cox.net>
To: <backbayastro@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 1:38 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: Seeing/Saturn


Kent,
The view up here in Williamsburg was terrible, high clouds all
evening. Kept going outside from about 9 til midnight but saw no
reason to drag out the scope.And it's a pity since I just got all the
parts for my new scope which hasn't even seen first light yet.Its
amazing how a few miles can make a big difference.Hoping for a better
night tonight but forecast is bad til friday/saturday.
Joe Piotrowski
--- In backbayastro@yahoogroups.com, "kentblackwell <kent@e...>"
<kent@e...> wrote:
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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George Reynolds
 

Hey, I love this BackBayAstro Group!  Thanks, Ted, for setting it up.  We get to hear from many more members, and get a lot of timely and interesting information this way.  We even get to hear from the inimitable Kent "Best-I've-Ever-Seen-It" Blackwell, and get the benefit of his vast knowledge and many years of experience.

I love it!  Keep up the good work, guys and gals.

G3

 "S. Kent Blackwell" wrote:

Well, Joe, by the time I lifted my fingers off the keyboard telling everyone
how great Saturn was it had clouded over. I could see Jupiter through the
clouds but the seeing was only so-so. Looks like a had a small window of
good seeing.

Kent
----- Original Message -----
From:
To:
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 1:38 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: Seeing/Saturn


> Kent,
> The view up here in Williamsburg was terrible, high clouds all
> evening. Kept going outside from about 9 til midnight but saw no
> reason to drag out the scope.And it's a pity since I just got all the
> parts for my new scope which hasn't even seen first light yet.Its
> amazing how a few miles can make a big difference.Hoping for a better
> night tonight but forecast is bad til friday/saturday.
> Joe Piotrowski
> --- In backbayastro@..., "kentblackwell "
> wrote:
> > 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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Dickinson, Bill <dickinson@...>
 

Kent and all,

 

I must say the seeing up here in Richmond the last few weeks has been awful. I believe that the snow and ice on the ground has a real mixing effect on the atmosphere. I miss the steady skies of Tidewater.  

Bill Dickinson

 

-----Original Message-----
From: S. Kent Blackwell [mailto:kent@...]
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 2:55 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: Seeing/Saturn

 

Well, Joe, by the time I lifted my fingers off the keyboard telling everyone
how great Saturn was it had clouded over. I could see Jupiter through the
clouds but the seeing was only so-so. Looks like a had a small window of
good seeing.

Kent
----- Original Message -----
From:
To:
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 1:38 PM
Subject: [backbayastro] Re: Seeing/Saturn


> Kent,
> The view up here in Williamsburg was terrible, high clouds all
> evening. Kept going outside from about 9 til midnight but saw no
> reason to drag out the scope.And it's a pity since I just got all the
> parts for my new scope which hasn't even seen first light yet.Its
> amazing how a few miles can make a big difference.Hoping for a better
> night tonight but forecast is bad til friday/saturday.
> Joe Piotrowski
> --- In backbayastro@..., "kentblackwell "
> wrote:
> > 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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Robert Schonk
 

Actually, it took all of five minutes.

Thank Ted for suggesting it.

Rob



From: twforte@aol.com
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To: backbayastro@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: Seeing/Saturn
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 16:36:09 EST

In a message dated 2/20/03 3:06:38 PM Eastern Standard Time,
pathfinder027@yahoo.com writes:

<< Hey, I love this BackBayAstro Group! Thanks, Ted, for setting it up >>

I like it too, but I can't take the credit for it ... Rob Schonk set it up.
So, thanks Rob!

Ted

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Dickinson, Bill <dickinson@...>
 

Yes I'm planning on it.

 

Bill Dickinson

 

-----Original Message-----
From: twforte@... [mailto:twforte@...]
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 5:42 PM
To: backbayastro@...
Subject: Re: [backbayastro] Re: Seeing/Saturn

 

In a message dated 2/20/03 5:21:24 PM Eastern Standard Time,
dickinson@... writes:

<< I must say the seeing up here in Richmond the last few weeks has been
awful.
I believe that the snow and ice on the ground has a real mixing effect on
the atmosphere. I miss the steady skies of Tidewater. 
  >>

This has been my worst couple of months for observing in a long time.  The
weekends have been really crummy here for the past several weeks.  I hope we
have better luck at the East Coast Star Party.  Will you be there, Bill?

Ted


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