Like Brett Watson, I also set up my 10" Dobsonian early that night to observe this morning. At 225x, seeing was noticeably soft. Although Cassini's Division was plainly visible, I found focusing difficult to attain a sharp edge. Dropping the magnification to 70x prior to first contact allowed both the moon and Saturn to rest in the same field of view. Even though the third quarter moon--a favorite phase--was blinding through ten inches of aperture, I gauged a unique perspective with an object ~250,000 miles away, to a planet over two billion miles distant. Absolutely impressive the sheer imaginable size of Saturn, no matter how small it appeared in the field. Honestly, I felt the disappearance was rather anti-climatic. Experiencing a few other occultations in the past, I personally prefer to watch a planet slip behind an invisible darkness than behind a bright limb. With that in mind, I returned observing just minutes before reappearance. The moon, more appeasing in brightness, but shallow in contrast, lay stationary in a blue-gray wash. Starting at 81x, and the moon full field, I waited until a pale orange-yellow arc appeared out of nowhere. I quickly jumped to 225x, and watch the remainder of Saturn emerge from nothingness, as if the spectacle were a magic trick of sort. Definitely well worth the time and effort, even with the sun shinning well above the horizon. -FRANK --- This message is from the AZ-Observing mailing list. If you wish to be removed from this list, send E-mail to: AZ-Observing-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, with the subject: unsubscribe. The list's archive is at: //www.freelists.org/archives/az-observing This is a discussion list. Please send personal inquiries directly to the message author. In other words, do not use "reply" for personal messages. Thanks.