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    Had a neighbor over last night as he wanted to "see through a real scope", so, we started with Saturn. I commented in another thread about our overall adventures for the night.

    Although we saw some cool stuff, to me the highpoint of the night was Saturn. Once I got it well focused in with the 9mm Edge-On, we were able to count a total of 5 moons!

    Dione was sitting off to the right of Saturn, and Titan was located directly under the planet. Then, off to the side were Rhea and Tethy's. Later we realized that the pinpoint object sitting just to the upper right of Saturn (upper left in the EP) was lapetus...

    We couldn't see Enceladus, although I spent 15 min trying to visualize a small pinpoint of light where it should have been...not to be, so we had to be happy with just the 5 moons.

    Is Enceladus ever visible to the smaller refractors? I think the optics can handle it, but I just don't know if it's ever big enough to see.

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    Hi Mike,

    It is always a real thrill to view Saturn, especially when you can see several of its moons. Perhaps some day you may have an observing partner or at the very least someone who is willing to turn off their outside lights when you ask them politely.

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    Hi Ted,

    I'm blessed in that I've got great neighbors all around

    The lot to the left side of our place has a nice A-Frame cabin on it, and the owner uses it as a weekender cabin every few weeks, but more often in Summer. No outside lights are on though, even when they are there.

    Other side is an empty 1/2 acre riverfront lot, next over are friends who are very obliging about turning off their outside lights when I'm out with the scope.

    No street lights within several hundred yards, and they are down below the level of the Cedar trees anyway. Basically when it's dark out (and no Moon) by about 10:00 around here it is really dark. Quiet too.

    That one neighbor across the street is good friends with all of us, but the problem is a motion activated flood light on their porch. They only come up on weekends, but leave the light on for security (and they need to). Most times it's not a bother, but when it goes on it lasts for 5 min. and then goes back off, assuming that is the damn cats left the porch.. Catch-22 really, but when they are here it's off, as they know it just wipes me out when it's turned on and don't mind at all turning it off.

    BTW, have you been able to see Enceladus in your big reflector?

    Mike

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    Hi mike , Thats great that your neighbors will turn off the lights for you . I was over at my mother inlaws house last saturday night and the neighbors were real knuckle heads . The neighborhood is a decient one and she lives in a court at the end . I set the scope up in the driveway to show her and her son some stuff . First time the wifes mom has ever viewed through a scope , the neighbors say that i was setting up the scope and they proceded to start flipping the lights on . The one across the street is a real nice one . They have a flood light pointed directly at her house . It makes me want to go on night recon and pull bulbs ... They are something else . One other time I was over visiting her with the wife and son and was out in her yard taking some pictures of some flowers with a macro lens and one of the neighbors called her to ask what some guy was doing taking pictures . She laughed at them ... Pretty silly ..
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    Good going, Dizz. I could only see two moons from my place, but it's a red zone, and I'm in a 3" scope. Did you notice the shadow of the globe on the rings? I could see that pretty good.

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    My neighbours never turn off their lights when i want them to one of them has a fluresent light on a fair bit and the street lights are really annoying i was think about getting some red selefan and putting it on all the street lights
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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyGazer View Post

    Dione was sitting off to the right of Saturn, and Titan was located directly under the planet. Then, off to the side were Rhea and Tethy's. Later we realized that the pinpoint object sitting just to the upper right of Saturn (upper left in the EP) was lapetus...
    Is Lapetus a big moon? I was looking through my scope 2 nights ago and could see a dot to the upper left which I assumed was a moon because I look again 10 minutes later and it was still there but it was the only one I could see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesflood View Post
    Is Lapetus a big moon? I was looking through my scope 2 nights ago and could see a dot to the upper left which I assumed was a moon because I look again 10 minutes later and it was still there but it was the only one I could see. Any info on this? Regards.

    Hi James,

    Best I can tell, that little dot you saw was Iapetus..

    Here is a link with everything you ever wanted to know about Saturn's Moons...helped me tremendously:

    Moons of Saturn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    woo hoo thats amazing. I cant believe I could see a moon of saturn through my scope! The sight of Saturn was enough for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by DizzyGazer View Post
    BTW, have you been able to see Enceladus in your big reflector?

    Mike
    Hi Mike,

    Six of Saturns moons are easy to see in my telescope. I have never really looked harder though.

 

 

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