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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

 

-Richard

 

 

 

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!



#253 KiwiRay

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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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#254 james7ca

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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.



#255 Toddeo

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 12:39 AM

Great image, KiwiRay!



#256 R_Huntzberry

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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

 

 

 



#257 Lacaille

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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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#258 John Miele

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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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