Saturn

Observed:  Points: 100

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as of 09/16/2019 11:10 a.m.

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General Info

as of 09/16/2019 11:10 a.m.

TypePlanet
Constellation Sagittarius
Magnitude0.41
OrbitsSun
Right ascension19:00:20.57 (Hours)
Declination-22:30:23.1 (Deg)
% illuminated99.780
Distance from Earth9.64607AU
Distance from Sun10.04412AU
Elongation110:36:17.1
Mass95.152 ⊕

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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.

Saturn

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
0 points

I brought out the scope for the first time in months to show one of my new housemates Saturn. I think she enjoyed the view. I sure did.

Now that I've been living in Santa Barbara and working as Las Cumbres Observatory for a few weeks I hope things settle down a bit. That'll allow me more time for observing. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to use some of the observatory's equipment as well.

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