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Small bore challenge: Saturn w/ 6" or less

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#251 evan9162

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:50 PM

Polar hexagon in 6"!  Excellent!



#252 Toddeo

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:15 PM

Hi All,

 

Here's my final attempt at Saturn this season.

The seeing conditions could have been better but when you've had several weeks of rain and clouds, you take what you can get. 

Transparency was below average with a light haze even at ground level. Still, I was happy just to be out for a couple of hours this weekend.  smile.gif

 

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08/13/17 04:22 UTC

APM 152ED apo; TeleVue 2.5x; ZWO ADC; ASI 224MC; Baader UV/IR cut

 

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That's a nice capture! Great color and banding!



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:37 PM

From July 30th, a few days before smoke from BC fires put an end to imaging Saturn.  Nexstar 6SE + 2x Barlow & ADC, with ZWO ASI224MC camera.

 

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:53 PM

Richard (post #250), that is a very good image. I like the way you've avoided any ringing artifacts in the outer portions of Saturn's rings.

 

KiwiRay, another nice image.



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 12:39 AM

Great image, KiwiRay!



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 03:16 AM

Thanks for the comments and the likes smile.gif

 

I recently purchased Damian Peach's 3-part DVD tutorial series: High Resolution Astrophotography

I found a lot of useful information and learned some processing techniques which have helped greatly.

 

After stacking in AS!3, basic sharpening & denoising in RegiStax 6, the rings, polar hexagon region and the main planetary disk were all processed separately.

This was my first time trying out some of the techniques I learned in the DVDs and I was extremely pleased to be able to negate most sharpening artifacts in the ring structure as well as bring out the hexagon structure as well as I did.

 

For me, the learning curve with the processing software has been the biggest challenge so far. Hence, the purchase of the DVDs wink.gif

 

 

Best regards,

 

Richard

 

 

 



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 04:51 PM

Some superb work above, thanks for sharing. Here is my latest effort, from this evening.  I am struggling a bit here in Strasbourg from a third floor apartment window in an urban setting, over lots of concrete, but the seeing was quite good tonight; however the little girl thundering about overhead (I think she is staying up late during the summer holidays) made my wooden floor tremble occasionally!

 

I used a ZWO224MC, a ZWO ADC, and a 2X Barlow, on my Celestron 127SLT Maksutov Cassegrain. I have also recently added an electric focuser from JMI telescopes, which I like a lot.

 

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 07:19 PM

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Saturn from this morning, when the planet was near transit at 20° above the horizon. This is my most detailed image of Saturn.  Nexstar 6SE + 2x Barlow and ADC.  ZWO ASI224MC camera.

 

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Edit: And here's an attempt at a more natural-looking image. I think it's a little better, although I often find Saturn much harder to process well than Jupiter.

 

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A little late in my reply but SUPERB image! Well done bow.gif ...John



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 01:39 PM

​Saturn has been a real "bear" to capture this season. Between the thermals and smoke from the south. Here are some recent "tries" on 9/6/17 with the SE4 & Ni5.

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#260 TareqPhoto

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:30 AM

And here is my contribution about Saturn

 

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ST80 + TV 3X barlow

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AZ-EQ6 while it was still not working

 

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:02 AM

Thanks for getting things started for the apparition, TareqPhoto!  That's a nice little image for so early in the season.  I saw Saturn in my scope yesterday morning for the first time this year, but it needs to reach transit a bit earlier for me to image it before sunrise.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:23 AM

Yesterday i was trying to shoot planets with my Mak 180mm that i wanted to test for first time ever, but had some problems with the scope so i stopped, i hope i can get it to work for me with the mount so i can be ready once the planets are getting even higher or getting out earlier than very late already morning time.



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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:34 AM

I am anxiously awaiting Opposition of Saturn (as well as Mars and Jupiter). I have a new small Apo 60mm I want to image with.



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Posted 24 March 2018 - 07:21 PM

My best effort to date. Seeing was not great (4 on Pickering scale) plus had some high-level cloud haze so I had to be a bit more heavy-handed with the processing than I'd like. Patience patience, the seeing will come ...  smile.gif

 

Celestron 6SE, stock alt-az mount, Televue 2.5 powermate, ZWO ASI290MC, ZWO ADC, Baader UV/IR cut

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#265 DMach

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Posted 05 April 2018 - 09:48 PM

Seeing fair to good this morning, but had some high level haze unfortunately - made everything a bit fuzzy. (Didn't impact Saturn too much, my attempt at Mars suffered more - as soon as I touch it with sharpening, a halo forms.)  frown.gif

 

Ditching the ADC for now - it has dust trapped between the two prisms (came this way when new, unfortunately). Waiting for a response from ZWO on this! wink.gif

 

Celestron 6SE, stock alt-az mount, Televue 2.5 powermate, ZWO ASI290MC, Baader UV/IR cut

3 min capture, 15% of 18,200 frames stacked

 

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Posted 06 April 2018 - 12:59 AM

Very nice and with perhaps a hint of the storm in the north?




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