Saturn 2018

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Seeing continued to be good. After this photo, we moved on to imaging Mars.

Notes:

  • There's a small smudge in the north polar region just before the central meridian.
  • There's also a bright smudge in the northern Equatorial Zone.

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Seeing was good for our first photo of Saturn for the night.

Notes:

  • There's a small smudge in the north polar region just before the central meridian.
  • There's also a bright smudge in the northern Equatorial Zone.

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This was our last photo of Saturn for the night, after which we moved on to photographing Mars. Seeing deteriorated quite a bit.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is visible. It looks as if there is a ring inside it.
  • The outbreak at high northern latitudes is at the central meridian.

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Seeing started out great after we switched over from Jupiter.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is visible. It looks as if there is a ring inside it.
  • The outbreak at high northern latitudes is just past the central meridian.

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Seeing started out great after we switched over from Jupiter.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is visible. It looks as if there is a ring inside it.
  • The outbreak at high northern latitudes is at the central meridian.

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Seeing worsened a bit. Saharan dust limited transparency. Shortly after this photo, low clouds came in from the south, cutting off the opportunity to photograph Mars.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is resolved.
  • The northern storm is stretched across the visible hemisphere of the planet. The storm appears to have two cores.

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Seeing remained good. Saharan dust limited transparency.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is resolved.
  • The northern storm is stretched across the visible hemisphere of the planet. The storm appears to have two cores.

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Seeing remained good. Saharan dust limited transparency.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is resolved.
  • The northern storm is stretched across the visible hemisphere of the planet.

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Seeing remained good. Saharan dust limited transparency.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is resolved.
  • The northern storm is stretched across the visible hemisphere of the planet.

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Seeing remained good. Saharan dust limited transparency.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is resolved.
  • The northern storm is stretched from the limb to just past the central meridian.

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Seeing started better than the previous night, but not as good as the 14th of July. Saharan dust limited transparency.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon is resolved.
  • The northern storm is stretched from the limb to just past the central meridian.

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Seeing improved back to how it was during the first Saturn photo of the night.

Notes:

  • The North Polar Hexagon is visible, but its shape is unresolved.
  • A bright patch is rising on the North Tropical Zone.
  • Another bright patch is just past the CM on the Equatorial Zone.

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Seeing worsened a bit, but still decent enough for quality data.

Notes:

  • The North Polar Hexagon is visible, but its shape is unresolved.
  • A bright patch is rising on the North Tropical Zone.
  • Another bright patch is just past the CM on the Equatorial Zone.

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Seeing was decent, but nowhere near as good as the previous session on July 14th.

Notes:

  • The North Polar Hexagon is visible, but its shape is unresolved.
  • A bright patch is rising on the North Tropical Zone.
  • Another bright patch is at the CM on the Equatorial Zone.

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This is the final photo of Saturn for the night. Conditions remained very good.

Notes:

  • The polar hexagon and its core are resolved.
  • The polar storm is stretched out eastward from the CM.
  • There is a small smudge on the EZ halfway between the CM and eastern limb.

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Seeing remained very steady.

Notes:

  • The polar hexagon and its core are resolved.
  • The storm in the north polar region appears stretched out.
  • There is a small smudge on the EZ halfway between the CM and eastern limb.

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Seeing remained very good, albeit slightly worse than the previous photo.

Notes:

  • The polar hexagon and its core are resolved.
  • The storm in the north polar region appears stretched out.
  • There is a small smudge on the EZ just past the CM.

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This is our first Saturn taken through the C14 EdgeHD. Sky conditions were excellent.

Notes:

  • The polar hexagon and its core are resolved.
  • The storm in the north polar region appears stretched out.
  • There is a small smudge on the EZ at the CM.

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Seeing deteriorated a little between the last photo and this one.

Notes:

  • The North Polar Hexagon is resolved, including its dark core.
  • The southern hemisphere is visible through the Cassini Division.

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Seeing remained great while capturing data for this photo.

Notes:

  • The North Polar Hexagon is resolved, including its dark core.
  • The southern hemisphere is visible through the Cassini Division.

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Seeing was great as I switched over from Jupiter to Saturn.

Notes:

  • The North Polar Hexagon is resolved, including its dark core.
  • The southern hemisphere is visible through the Cassini Division.

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The final photo of Saturn for the night. Seeing remained great!

Notes:

  • The core of the north polar hexagon is visible. The shape of the hexagon also might be resolved with close inspection.
  • The storm in the north polar region is setting. A string of bright spots appear to be trailing it.

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Seeing slightly improved compared to the previous photo. These are probably some of the best conditions the C8 has seen in a long time!

Notes:

  • The core of the north polar hexagon is visible. The shape of the hexagon also might be resolved with close inspection.
  • The storm in the north polar region is setting. A string of bright spots appear to be trailing it

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Seeing improved relative to the previous night.

Notes:

  • The core of the north polar hexagon is faintly visible. The shape of the hexagon also might be resolved with close inspection.
  • The storm in the north polar region is setting.

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My first Saturn of the 2018 apparition. Seeing was decent.

Notes:

  • A storm is visible at the CM in the North Polar Region.

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