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    Hi, new user here – just got my first telescope.

    I’m looking for a good place to view Saturn as there are too many trees and houses blocking my view from my garden! (and the parks are a bit iffy)

    There are no night events planned this month… Do people tend to have ad hoc viewing sessions in Blackheath on clear nights?


    Mike Meynell
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    Welcome to the Flamsteed forums!

    We don’t tend to schedule Blackheath observing events in the period June-August, as the nights don’t get dark enough. Our next scheduled event will be in September.

    That said, if you want to publicise an ad-hoc session here, please feel free to do so. I’m sure that one or two members will come along, depending on availability.

    Saturn is very low in the sky – no more than 16 degrees at best – so you may struggle to get a decent view even on Blackheath. By all means give it a try, but don’t expect spectacular results! Seeing conditions close to the horizon will make viewing difficult.

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    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the welcome. Looks like the prevailing wisdom is that I’m located at the wrong latitude! Saturn will be difficult for a few years coming, by which time the rings will no longer be facing us…

    I’ll give it a go if there’s some way I can set up either on Blackheath or at Grove Park. Failing that, as I live near Stratford I’d go along to a session at Loughton.

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