Saturn

Observed:  Points: 100

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as of 02/08/2023 7:45 a.m.

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General Info

as of 02/08/2023 7:45 a.m.

TypePlanet
Constellation Capricornus
Magnitude0.82
OrbitsSun
Right ascension21:57:33.28 (Hours)
Declination-13:46:53.8 (Deg)
% illuminated99.996
Distance from Earth10.80278AU
Distance from Sun9.82587AU
Elongation7:33:50.1
Mass95.152 ⊕

The ringed

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Saturn

celestron Astromaster 70eq
100 points

Second time using a Telescope, was able to see the rings of Saturn! Need to work on aligning the EQ mount as tracking was difficult.

Saturn

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
0 points

Dinner party astronomy session! My friend Doug invited me up to his house way up in the mountains of Santa Barbara for some food and company. He asked if I would bring my scope, and of course I agreed.

We started off with a quick orientation session including a few of the prominent constellations and a crash course on the ecliptic and the milky way. Then we got straight to it with Saturn.

Being fairly low on the horizon, the view was iffy at best. Still, the rings were discernible and everyone seemed pretty happy with the view.

With a 6mm the Cassini division was clearly visible and banding was spotted. Titan was also visible. Using a 3.6mm eyepiece the image turned blurry.

Saturn

Celestron Omni XLT 150
100 points

Saturn appeared as mostly one color, yellow/orange. Rings easily seen as a single unit.

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