December 18, 1998 3:15 UT
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

Planet diameter: 19"
Rings diameter: 43"

The sketch at left renders the view at 388X in my 10-inch Starfinder. Ring sections A, B and C are plainly visible. The inner C ring displays a charcoal grey appearance. The B and A rings are separated crisply by Cassini's division. Saturn's shadow is visible against the southern side of the rings. The shadow of the rings against the northern hemisphere appears as a thick, dark border along the edge of the rings.

The bright Equatorial Zone (EZ) yields to a dusky, broad South Equatorial Belt (SEB). The SEB transitions to the much darker South Polar Region (SPR). The northern hemisphere beyond the EZ has a uniform dusky appearance. Dione, Tethys, Rhea and Titan are visible.

December 26, 1998 August 19, 1998


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