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!
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!
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!
The Planet Saturn reached opposition last week, weather had kept me from imaging it then. I managed to grab a shot between T-Storms last night…the Atmosphere was boiling….considering the Poor seeing Conditions, It turned out okay! Look for Saturn between the Constellations of Scorpius & Libra, near Delta Scorpii, High in the South East by Midnight. Any small telescope with at least 30x power will show you Saturn’s Rings. Now is a great time to Observe Saturn!!!
20cm SCT Scope & Qhy5IIL CCD, 3600 frames Stacked in Registax6. Captured from my backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio on 05-28-2015.
My first Saturn of the 2014 Season …this is an Early Morning Target for me once it clears my neighbors trees….~2:30 to 3:00am in the South Southeast here in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Saturn is a wonderful Planet to see in a telescope, even the smallest of telescopes can show the ring system, that is impressive since Saturn is ~ 800 million miles from Earth. Although the cloud tops tend to be rather bland, not much detail compared to Jupiter, the Wind Speeds on Saturn can reach 1,800 km/h (1,100 mph), faster than on Jupiter, but not as fast as those on Neptune!
I used a Meade 10″ Diameter SCT telescope & DMK 21Af04 Fire-wire camera, 2X barlow, and 900 Frames per channel, Astronomik RGB. 2700 frames total Stacked in Registax 6 & RGB combine in MaximDL.