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    Default 20110402 Saturn First Time Frenzy



    Sat 02/04/2011 19:50 - 20:20 UT
    53ºN, 2ºW
    Gear: Sky-Watcher 200P
    Seeing: 2/5, Transparency: 3/5, Right into the face of a street light!

    Well, it was time to turn the 200P towards Saturn for the first time. Knowing that it would be from the front garden, I would have to deal with a street light, buildings, passing cars and a small gang of children who were mildly interested in the setup - in that it resembled "a bazooka - BOOM!". I informed them that the scope is a little more delicate than that, just in case they got ideas!

    19:57 - No time for proper P.A. or cool-down - just a quick coll check on Arcturus, which generously took a satellite while I was back in focus, and we were off.

    20:04 - Realigned to Saturn, using 25mm, 25mm w/ 2x, moving onto 10mm w/ 2x, although the seeing made this only just bearable. Saw good colour, faint banding, broad ring structure with a nice clean gap between rings and planet, but no Cassini division, unfortunately. Got Titan nice and sharp (under the circumstances), and have a fancy that I also caught Rhea and even Iapetus - someone tell me I'm wrong! Nic was suitably impressed, despite the bad seeing conditions.

    20:20 - Moved onto the Or 12.5mm w/ 2x which, whilst slightly less powerful than the S-W 10mm, genuinely seemed to offer a crisper, cleaner view. Finally tried the "unidentified" Charles Frank Ultra Wide Angle - of course Saturn was tiny, but it was as crisp as all heck - all of the old EPs from Nic's dad got a thorough servicing today, and the image was amazing.

    Touching to think that the last time this was used to view Saturn was Paul with the 16.5", sketching for the Sky At Night programme. Good days.

    Anyway, decided not to move the scope to the back garden, having already had a long day, so packed up and returned to report in, it being half past nine British Summer Time.

    Thanks for letting me share my evening.
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    Bins: Meade 10x50 7º, Fumoto 8x40 9º
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