December 26, 1998 2:05 UT
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

Planet diameter: 19"
Rings diameter: 42"

The three major ring sections are visible. The inner C ring appears charcoal grey. The inner 40% of the B ring has a somewhat dusky appearance. Cassini's division presents a clean gap between the B and A rings. A narrow, dusky contrast feature can be seen in the middle of the A ring. This is Encke's minima. Saturn's shadow falls against the southern side of the rings. The shadow of the rings against the northern hemisphere appears a thick, dark border along the edge of the rings.

The broad dusky South Equatorial Belt (SEB) has a uniform density. The South Polar Region (SPR) looks like a dark cap atop the SEB. Enceladus, Dione, Tethys, Rhea and Titan are observed. This is another excellent seeing night where magnifications of 388X and 494X are possible with the 10-inch Starfinder Newtonian.

January 6, 1999 December 18, 1998


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