Saturn & moon Enceladus

Saturn & moon Enceladus

Saturn is nearing Opposition, and is looking good all night long now…So go out and look it low in the South, Saturn is only ~ 21 degrees above my Southern Horizon in Dayton, Ohio, but still looks great in a telescope.

Here is another Shot this time Close-up of Saturn with the (11th magnitude Icy Geyser moon) Enceladus ,captured on 06-09-2017 from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio.

I used a Televue 5x Barlow & QHY5IIL Cmos Camera attached to my old orange tube C8, testing the magnification limits of my little 8 inch diameter scope.

The exposure times were longer than usual through RGB filters, as Saturn got very dim when magnifying that much with the 5x Barlow.  I can only do this on nights of decent stable seeing, but it was cool to see it fill my screen.

Not bad for being so low on the Horizon and for an object that is 1.275 billion km  or ~ 792 million miles away.

Saturn rises after dark in the South East each night, but is at its highest point in the South by about 2:00am …look for that bright Yellow Star due South.

I hope we get many more stable seeing nights during this Saturn Observing Season!

Best Regards,

John Chumack

Saturn on 06-09-2017

Saturn nearing Opposition

Saturn nearing Opposition…

Seeing was half way decent last night..060917..after 1:00am I captured some close-ups of Saturn near Opposition

…a few more days to Opposition, but you can see the shadow of the Rings on the front of Saturn’s Cloud-tops,

…and also the Shadow of Saturn’s Disk laying across the rings directly behind the top of the disk giving it the “cat ears” look!



CMI=26.9° CMIII=289.0°

When Planetary imaging you have two basic options…shoot with a single shot color Camera, or Shoot with a monochrome(B&W) camera and use a Filter wheel with three primary colors Red, Green, & Blue to combine them later for a full color image.   I happen to prefer the Monochrome & Filter wheel, simply because it is a little better at resolving the finer details, but it is more work than with a single shot color camera.

The Best steady seeing I’ve experienced in a while here in the Midwest, the More stable it is the more details I can pull out of the image, hopefully we get more steady nights like this.

Captured from my backyard observatory in Dayton with my C8 SCT Scope & QHY5IIL monochrome Cmos Camera & 2x Barlow, Astronomik RGB Filters, AS2, Registax6,RGB combined in Maxim DL, & CS2017. 3400 Avi frames with Firecapture.

Saturn Near opposition 06-09-2017

BTW Saturn is rising  low in the Southeast after Dark.  Don’t forget to look at Jupiter high in the South right at Dark too!

Best Regards,

John Chumack