January 6, 1999 2:15 UT
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

Planet diameter: 18"
Rings diameter: 41"

Excellent seeing allowed me to apply 494X with my 10-inch to prepare this drawing. The Crepe ring has a smokey grey appearance. The inner 40% of the B ring is somewhat darker than the outer 60%. Cassini's division shows crisp edges and a width of 1". The "Encke minima" is seen as a subtle darkening in the middle of the A ring at the furthest extent of the ansae. Saturn's shadow is visible against the southern side of the rings. The shadow of the rings against the northern hemisphere is visible as a thick, dark border along the edge of the rings.

The South Equatorial Belt (SEB) extends almost to the pole and has a uniform appearance. The northern border of the SEB wraps around the disk very close to the point where the Crepe ring disappears behind the disk. The South Polar Region (SPR) looks like a dark cap atop the SEB. A narrow belt is suspected in the northern hemisphere. This is seen as a line across the disc about halfway from the rings to the northern extent of the disc. Enceladus, Dione, Tethys, Rhea and Titan are observed.

January 21, 2002 December 26, 1998


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