Tonight was not the target for a long session like last night was.
Too bad too. The fog didn't even begin to roll in until 2am and the air
was dry. Packing in my scope at 1:45 it was almost completely dry. Very
cold, but dry.
Tonight I really had only one
object in mind. The one I wanted to stay up an dcatch a glimpse of last
night: Saturn. Tonight the objective was met.
though the sky was darker than last night and the evening wasn't nearly
as cold, the seeing had much to be desired. I could get much more
detail on Mars tonight, though I didn't actually look that long, but it
never really came into a crisp focus at all. Even for a second.
After hitting the three objects I learned last night to solidify my memory of their locations, I'm turning to my goal:
I pointed the telrad at Saturn and began to center it in the field of
view, Rhea was the first thing I saw. Though it was pretty dim, I
immediately recognized that it was not a star and new I was close to
Saturn. I left the scope in that position and just let Saturn enter the
field. Seeing the ringed planet again was spectacular. Even on a night
where seeing was crap and I couldn't even hardly make out the Cassini
division. As the Saturn passed through the field, I just let theblackness go by as Titan trailed behind. Man I wish I could see detail on those moons!
Saturn was mostly white tonight. No band detail or ring detail. Even still, it was worth staying up for. It's just such a phenomenal object to look at.
That's it. Heading for the journaling web site to enter this session and off to bed.