Raoul Lannoy


Saturn from Europe

We had clear skies, for once, in Belgium! It's been quite successful
other clubs, too.
We had two clubs together near Gembloux, not far
from the geographical
center of the country. The Astroclub Vega and the Club
d'Ottignies Louvain-la-Neuve. (We used two Dobsons (12 inches) and various
other telescopes. The Moon was very bright (we couldn't see the Milky Way).
Saturn was right there, even before it became dark . Actually,
at our
latitude (50°), july 19th is the first night when we finally get some completely dark skies as for the two last months, the Sun never went lower than 18° below the horizon. We even had a flag (well, two days later, we have our national day and this year, we get a new king ).
I explained to newcomers what this evening was about. In Europe, we were
kind of lucky:
During those minutes, we could see Saturn as we were in
darkness and the planet had not set yet.....and the weather was very
We first had a look at Venus which setting in a wood, far away.
When the time came, I
asked everyone to point to Saturn, then to wave,
shout...We looked through our telescopes....We didn't take pictures of the
planet through a telescope,
though.  We took all kinds of pictures of the event on the field, with a Fisheye, with flashes sometimes, and a movie with nightshot. The bright
object in the dark sky is the Moon. I wonder how the
Moon would show up in the Cassini picture.
Then, later on, we looked at the Moon and other Messier
Here are the pictures and a movie:

I was quite satisfied to have mobilized two astronomy clubs in spite of the

short time from decision to the actual event and even though a number of our

members are away on vacation.


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    Born in Belgium in 1957 (from a Belgian father and an American mother). Here, everything seems a lot more complicated: more taxes, more government, more languages, more people per square kilometer or mile, more light pollution, but, nevertheless, as much passion for things going on up there, naturally or man made. This was thanks to the first time I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1968, followed by the promises of the Moon. One weakness was my dislike for maths, which led to human science studies (law and a specialization in insurance). I've been working since 1982 in the...


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