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Friday, 21 September 2012

Amateur astronomer Nils Snowberry explained how he has been trying to observe the ringed planet "when it wasn't aware he was looking."

Snowberry said he could swear that the ring structure shifts in angle when he takes too long to set up his telescope. To combat this, Snowberry has tried various approaches including using a smaller scope and trying a simpler Dobson mount as opposed to the German equatorial mount he usually employs and which, he stated, is a real "attention caller" and a dead giveaway that he's looking. He has also simply come outside reading a book and asking questions of his wife who answers the pointed inquiries about the telescope as if Snowberry "isn't interested in astronomy at all." Snowberry hopes to then get a more accurate look at Saturn.

"I've always had a special relationship with Saturn, the "old sheep" of the solar system. I really want to view the planet under the most natural and honest conditions. I believe if I don't "tip my hand" that I'll be looking I'll see a view more in line with nature." explained Snowberry.

Recently featured in "Today's Astronomy," Snowberry was described as "imaginative, delusional and completely insane."

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