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 on 07-10-2015 from my backyard in Dayton, Ohio. Right now Saturn is about 857 Million miles from Earth, or 9.22 Au, or 1.28 light hours away.
After rain & clouds for months…Actually the worst Spring/Summer I can remember as far as lack of clear skies…plus with Wildfires in Canada making the sky really not clear, even when there are no obvious clouds, I did finally get a couple of hours of clear skies after the front moved through! I noticed the seeing was decent, so I decided to cranked up the power with a Televue 5x Barlow, with my old orange tube C8 Scope & Qhy5IIL CCD camera, LRGB, 3200 frames stacked in Registax 6.
It is not as clean as I would like, but considering our usual poor seeing in the Midwest, it has nice color, & now that we are past opposition you can see the Saturn’s shadow starting to fall on the rings at top left, so I will take it while hoping for another good stable clear night soon!
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.