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    I had great views of Saturn and Mars last night. The seeing was the best I've had for a while, and managed to get to 346x magnification with a generally steady image.
    For Saturn, the Cassini division in the rings was prominent, together with some atmospheric bands on the disc.
    Mars was small even at the high magnification, and a bit fuzzy , but there was a distinct pale area at the south (?) pole, presumably the ice cap, and occasional indications of darker markings on the disc.
    Unfortunately it clouded over very quickly, so I packed in early.
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    Congrats on your sightings, Chris !

    Hopefully, next time you will be able to confirm that ice cap on Mars.

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    That's great! I'm struggling to get any real definition on Mars at the moment - it's quite far away and the days here have been quite humid and hot which has made for quite blurry images, especially at higher magnification. There's also been some fine cloud which hasn't helped. I'm looking forward to winter in some respects hoping for better seeing conditions.... just trying to get up to my dark spot whenever it's clear enough to see anything to make the most of the views and hopefully get some nights with better than average seeing! Saturn is always beautiful and can mostly just make out the Cassini Division and maybe some atmospheric bands on a good night. Always seem to start and end my sessions on Saturn....
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    Default Re: Saturn and Mars

    Hi Chris, I had the same experience last night. The clearest I had had seen Mars and Saturn. Saw the polar cap on mars, and the rings of Saturn were razor sharp so the Cassini division just jumped right out. One of the "wow" moments. Does not get like that very often here. It was a great night of seeing
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    Hi Chris. It looks like you had some very nice seeing conditions, and got a high power view of Saturn. There is nothing like Saturn with your own telescope, especially when the conditions are good. Congratulations on viewing the Cassini division in the ring system, an the planetary belting as well. Thanks for your report Chris, and keep going after more Mars observations when you can.
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    Keep up the good work. You got some viewing time in, even if it was short, I consider it a successful session. Clear skies. SkyGunner Rick
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