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Saturn near opposition, 15 July 2020

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#1 Tulloch

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:34 PM

Some very good seeing last night, almost spoiled by some high cloud which tracked across the sky then miraculously disappeared around 11pm as the clouds approached the planets. Still working through the images of Jupiter at (near) opposition, but for the moment here are some images I took of Saturn at the same time.

 

The first is the best image from the 5 videos I took, I still can't really show the polar hexagon as anything more than a dark patch, but it is possible to imagine that the planet is visible through the Cassini Division. Planet shown 150% captured size.

 

The second image is a wider angle shot about 45 minutes later showing Saturn and 6 of its moons, with the moons shown larger and brighter than actual, with the "levels" tool used in PS to extract them. Moons shown are (L-R) Rhea, Enceladus, Mimas, Tethys, Dione and Titan. Shown at 100% captured size, you might need to click on it to see it in full size.

 

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Capture details: Celestron Evolution C9.25 with TV 2.5x PowerMate and ASI224MC, 100 fps for 5 minutes, stacked in AS!3 with 3x drizzle, sharpened in R6 and final touches in Photoshop Elements.

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Edited by Tulloch, 15 July 2020 - 10:19 PM.

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:37 PM

Great work waytogo.gif


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:44 PM

Wonderful images. Saturn always puts on a show.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:56 PM

Really Nice bow.gif


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 09:58 PM

I especially like the one with the moons waytogo.gif


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 10:13 PM

That's a super crisp Saturn capture!


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 10:13 PM

Fine images, Andrew.  I'm looking forward to some clear skies for the coming opposition surge in brightness of the rings - Saturn always looks particularly striking when that occurs.


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 10:15 PM

All I can say is...WOW!!

 

Really well done! waytogo.gif


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 10:31 PM

very very nice , It is true that yesterday was very good as the sky.thanks .


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Posted 15 July 2020 - 10:36 PM

Love the wide view!  Great job!


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Posted 16 July 2020 - 03:11 AM

Awesome results Andrew!


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Posted 16 July 2020 - 05:17 AM

A great Saturn Andrew..! waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif


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Posted 16 July 2020 - 06:11 AM

More great work Andrew!

I am starting to get the foolish thoughts that I would almost rather get the virus and move to Melbourne for the imaging rather than stay COVID-free here with poor seeing and continual unforeseen whiteouts!.   After all I already feel sick with envy. smile.gif


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Posted 16 July 2020 - 07:32 AM

Thanks everyone for all the "likes" and comments, Saturn has always been my favourite and it was nice to get a good night close to opposition. The upcoming Melbourne weather forecast isn't looking good, so this might have been my best chance.




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