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Saturn Image 2001/08/21(UT)
Damian Peach (Drawing:12" (30.5cm) Meade SCT)
Excellent views were had as the mist was gradually coming in.
D.A. Peach, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, UK.
12" (30.5cm) Meade SCT.
Seeing initially poor (2-4), improved later to excellent (7-9.)
Transparency excellent (5.0mag.) but increasing mist/haze later.
No wind. Initially no dew, increasing to heavy later.
Altitude: 41 degs.
Eq. Diameter: 17.8".
Observation comments: Seeing was initially very medicore with fast turbulence, but
this later disappeared resulting in very sharp views. Very much as on Aug 17th, though
seeing was perhaps marginally better on this ocassion. The Planet's southern hemisphere
appears very featurless, other than a dark SEB, and faint lighter belts across the STB latitudes.
The polar cap appears blue/grey. The rings appeared magnificent as on the 17th, with hints at the
Keeler gap in ring A.
[ D.A. Peach, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, UK.]
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