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Just at sunset last night, with the sky still quite blue, I could see that the view of the Moon was unusually clear, and once I got the scope on it, it did appear to be very sharp, and the seeing was fabulous, even if the transparency wasn't much to write home about. I started out with an 8mm Celestron X-Cel (125x in my 105mm refractor) and soon switched to my 4.3mm Antares W70 (233.3333 x, OK that's pushing it a little, but in skies like this it pushes well.) I didn't bother to bring my moon map out with me, so I just gawked at the wonder of it all. I was able to catch Mons Teneriffe, by Plato. My private name for this is "the bird's foot;" get a look at it and I'm sure you'll agree. One thing I did check on was how small a crater I can reasonable see, and it seems to be 9km.

Moved on to Saturn. It was wonderfully clear, and appeared about the size of a petit pois on my plate, with a small stick through it. I could see hints of shadow on the disk below the ring, and occasional hints of shading on the disk. This Antares/Vixen achro, with a MV filter in place, was giving me no false colour at all. I could see moons on either side of the planet, not too far away, the one to the west brighter than the one to the east. I have seen a moon in that eastern position a few times lately, so I am wondering if I am actually seeing some artifact from my optical system. Apparent moons also appeared to the northwest and northeast of the planet about 1/6th of a degree away, at the edge of my FOV. If someone can confirm those for me, I would appreciate it.

A good night, and I'm hoping to repeat tonight, as there's no baseball on telly this evening.

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As it turns out, the moons I was seeing close to the planet were Titan and Rhea, and the two objects further away were stars.

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Whenever I read your observing reports Rog, makes me wanna go outside and observe.:nicethread:

Ray

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Well then' date=' get out there and observe! :biggrin:[/quote']

Scopes back together mate. Had about ten minutes in the obs last night collimating it. Then the newborn started whining because he wanted to start dining.

Got some new filter thingy I'm going to try out as well. Will do a review once I get it sorted.

Ray

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