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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!

Diameter=18.28″

Magnitude=0.03

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

www.galacticimages.com

6 Planets Align & Moon

Everyone is talking about the 5 Planets Aligning in the Morning sky,
But I Captured 6 Planets!!! You have to count the Earth too! LOL!!! Earth provides us this perfect view of the Planets Aligning along the Ecliptic..
The Moon joined these Planets at Dawn last Saturday Morning 01-30-2016 at 6:13am E.S.T. from just outside of Warrenton, Virginia. I included the Earth #6 in this slightly cropped fish-eye Lens shot. Canon 6D DSLR & 8mm Fish-eye Lens, ISO 800, 8 second exposure. Just before the clouds started interfering…

I included an illustrated view to help you all ID them, as well as 3 of the brightest stars. you may also recognize the Constellations of Scorpius, Virgo, Libra, and Corvus are easily visible too. Mercury is a challenge as you have to catch it just before dawn gets too bright! You can see Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, & Jupiter with your eyes only, no telescope needed, just use my diagram to help you find them over the next week or so. Look between 6:00am and 6:45am.

Note: depending when you look the next 2 weeks, the moon will not be there or may not be in the same place, as it moves 12 degrees every day.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

The Planet Saturn

Saturn on 07-10-2015

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!
Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

The Planet Saturn on 05-28-2015

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.

 

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com

Triangle around the Moon on 05-12-2014!

There was a Triangle in the sky around the Moon last Night 05-12-2014 over my neighborhood in Dayton, Ohio!!!!

I used my Canon Rebel Xsi & 8mm fisheye lens to Capture this 8 second exposure, A Triangular pattern created by the Bright Star Arcturus(top) and the Planets Mars(right) & Saturn(left). The Moon & Spica are located at the base of the Triangle.  A Cool looking pattern last night around the Moon!! The Planet Mars was about 21 degrees to the right(West) of the Moon and Saturn was about 19 degrees to the left(East) of the Moon at around 10pm last night.

Keep watching as the Moon is always moving, and tonight 05-13-2014 the Moon will glide within 1 degree of Alpha Libra or Zuben El Genubi and by morning (5:00am)to within a few degrees of the Planet Saturn!

Best Regards,

John Chumack

www.galacticimages.com

The Planet Saturn on 04-20-2014

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.

Best Regards,
John Chumack
www.galacticimages.com