BRITISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION
SATURN, URANUS AND NEPTUNE SECTION
updated: 12 January 2017
New Neptune images
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Apparition Report 2001-2002 click here
Welcome to the BAA
Saturn, Uranus and Neptune Section Web Site.
Section Director Mike Foulkes
Page Web Manager John Sussenbach
On this site, you will find
relating to the
observation of the ringed planet Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and
other associated information.
The observation of the planets Uranus and
Neptune was incorporated into the Section in December 2005.
The gas giant planet Saturn
with its amazing ring system and its many satellites is not only an ever
challenging object of investigation for professional astonomers. It is also a
fascinating object for amateurs. The planet has been observed visually by BAA
members for over 100 years. Amateurs have been able to collect valuable
scientific information by drawing and imaging - particularly with the
development of the current generation of cameras. The studies of the giant white
storm in the North Equatorial Belt of Saturn during 2010/2011 are a good example
of fruitful pro-am collaboration.
The giant planets Uranus and Neptune are relatively
easy objects to find but the detection of features on both of these planets is
difficult due to their small apparent sizes. Both of these planets are receiving
increasing attention by amateur astronomers. Atmospheric detail has been detected by spacecraft
observations and large telescopes on both planets. Faint markings have sometimes
been reported by visual observations. With the development of very sensitive
chips and the use of new types of filters it is expected that atmospheric detail
may possibly be imaged. Some of the satellites of these planets may also be
The BAA Saturn, Uranus and Neptune Section Team role is to stimulate
and assist visual observers and imagers of the planet, analyse observations and
provide reports of these observations. Different tools for observation are provided in the
Section Observing tools. Further the image galleries illustrate what amateurs
can do and demonstrate beautifully the dynamics of these Planets and their
Section observing programmes for each planet can
also be accessed via the link below.
further information about observing these
planets and the Section, please contact the director on:
any other members of the Section Team.
Images of Saturn, Uranus and Neptune
David Tyler, 20 May 2011.
David Gray, 1 November 2011.
John Sussenbach, 18 September
British Astronomical Association. No
images or material contained within these web pages may be used without
consent of a member of the Section Team.