Posted By Carlos E. Hernandez
Date (U.T.): October 27, 2003
Time (U.T.): 07:00
L1 091.2, L2 279.2, L3 330.5
Instrument: 9-inch (23-cm) F/13.5 Maksutov-Cassegrain
Magnification: 257x, 293x, and 343x
Seeing (1-10): 6-7, Antoniadi (I-V): III-II
Transparency (1-6): 5
Globe: South Polar Region (SPR) appeared dusky (4/10) with a central dark 93/10) core. South South Temperate Zone (STZ) appeared as a dusky (4/10), wide band surrounding the SPR. South Temperate Zone (STZ) appeared bright (7/10) with no detail visible within. South Temperate Belt (STB) appeared as a thin, dark (3/10) band. South Tropical Zone (STrZ) appeared bright (7/10), but no detail visible within. South Equatorial Belt (SEB) appeared dark (3/10) and broad. Equatorial Zone (EZ) appeared bright to very bright (7-8/10). The shadow of the globe upon the ring appeared extremely dark (9/10).
Ring A appeared dusky (4/10) with the Encke division visible, especially during moments of steady seeing. Ring B appeared bright (7/10) over it's outer portion and dusky (4/10) over it's inner portion. Ring C was visible primarily as a dull (5/10) band across the EZ.
The best of luck in your own observations of the ringed planet.