posted on Aug, 2 2011 @ 06:02 PM
reply to post by ngchunter
My way all that is needed is an amateur (assuming eyes in the amateur) and a telescope and Saturn available in the night sky. I like it - it's neat,
tidy and self-reliant.
And it's always nice to have an idea of the current norm which I'll take from NASA JPL 'Saturn Observation Campaign' 'Viewing Saturn in 2011'
"And this year Saturn's rings are more inclined than last year - tilted close to 10 degrees in January, dipping down to 7 degrees tilt in June,
tipped up to 11 degrees wide in October, and to nearly 15 degrees by January 2010!" [exclamation point in original text]
"March 2011:...The ring tilt narrows to 9 degrees open this month."
"April 2011:...From now through July, the ring inclination tilts narrower."
"May 2011: You'll get a great view of almost edge-on rings this month, as the ring tilt narrows to a scant 1.9 degrees..."
"August 2011:...and the rings are open over 8 degrees..."
"September 2011: Saturn disappears from the evening sky this month, as it nears its conjunction with the sun. That's too bad, because the rings
are opening wider this month."
"October 2011:...It is worth getting up early to see the rings, which have widened to an opening tilt of 11.1 degrees." [this would be getting up
early on the last few days of October and continuing that in November]
"November 2011:...The ring tilt is now 12.6 degrees..."
"December 2011: Saturn's magnificent ring tilt show continues to increase from 8.1 to 9.1 this month."
There are records dating back 400+ years describing the rings and how they should look in any season and year. There are also records giving
oppositions and conjunctions going back in time and also going forward in time from times in the past.