Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Last night's Saturn sketching.
I've been waiting for weeks to have a decent view of Saturn..
Last night I was rewarded with a fair view of the ringed planet.
I firstly tried out the 15mm kellner with the x4 Barlow (x315), this was unsuccessful, the image was poor.
Then I tried the Barlow with the 25mm eyepiece (x190).... this combination was perfect for last night's Pembrokeshire Skies...
The seeing wasn't brilliant, but at least I was able to detect slight surface detail, albeit very fleeting.
The Cassini Division was less pronounced than usual, but all things considered I was more than happy with the view.
My intention for the session was to make a sketch of Saturn.....
May is usually a good month in Pembrokeshire for clear seeing, the heat hazes of the Summer months haven't yet arrived.
With a bit of luck this month we might have some turbulence free planet watching evenings ahead of us.
Here's a recent photograph I took of Saturn.........
I think I'll stick to sketching.....!!!!! :0)