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Sunday, April 26th, 2009
Another night of dodging clouds.  9:30pm: clear in all directions.   Hauled out my Dob for a while.   9:50pm.....noticed a high thin cloud drifting over.   10:15pm clouds everywhere but the Northwest.
 
I managed to get some good views of Saturn as it brightend in between clouds.   Once my Dob cooled down it was a pretty sight @ 250x.......although it was not as good as Friday night, nor could I see much detail on the planet's surface as others have reported in the past week or so.  The gap between the planet and rings was clearly visible, as was the shadow of the rings across the equator, but I could not see the Cassini division at either side of the rings.  
 
Three moons were visible..... Titan, Tethys and Enceladus.  I should have been able to see Rhea, but I couldn't, and Enceladus was a tiny dim speck.....which took averted vision for me to spot.
 
I got a brief peek at M65, M66, but they were extremely dim......I could see that M65 is enlongated, and M66 rounder, but that's about all......no detail in either.
 
The clouds cleared briefly to the west, but I could see another large bank of clouds moving in from the Northwest, so I called it a night about 10:50pm.
 
 





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