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  1. Hi All, I was lucky to have had a night of particularly clear and crisp seeing. I was planning on doing nothing more than observing tonight but after seeing nice steady and detailed views of Mars and Saturn at a magnification of 406X in my 8SE I was told by missus that I will regret it if I don't image these planets tonight.. I'm glad that I did. I'm stoked with the results so I'm sharing them with you. It does go to show that seeing and collimation are extremely important when imaging. Thanks for looking. Mariusz
  2. Hi all, I thought I'd share my observation from this night. At approximately 22:00 local time I was already setup and ready to image Mars and Saturn. As I'm using a mirror diagonal for framing/searching purposes I looked through it and focused using my 40mm LV eyepiece. What I saw in the eyepiece took my breath away. The disc was massive and detailed. I stack Baader Contrast Booster and Neodymium filters for planetary viewing since it does make a considerable difference in revealing detail and increasing contrast. Mars showed a big disc with two CLEARLY visible patches on both the "north" and "south" (equivalent to earth location polar cap regions). There was a clearly visible dark greenish borders around the white patches. The bottom part was white and crisp with a irregular dark greenish patching bordering it from the pinky orange center of the planet. The equator region showed some dark markings around where, I think, Olympus Mons is located. Now I'm not saying that I spotted Olympus Mons in my 8" SCT but I'm thinking, and hoping, maybe... there was definitely something there along with other more subtle spots and shades. This was hands down the best view of Mars I've ever seen. After Mars I had a look at Saturn, it was big and clear although it was not the clearest I've ever seen. Last year I had a clear view of Saturn's cloud bands and a crisp Cassini division surrounded by 5 of its moons (that was the best view of Saturn I ever experienced). This time the Cassini division was there but not as defined as before and any cloud bands were a struggle to see, and the Cassini division was coming and going. There were 4 moons around it glistening in the dark. I know some of you might be wondering why I have seen such big discs using only a 40mm eyepiece. The magnification was at least 250X-300X judging by the size of Saturn in my past experience near opposition using nothing but eyepieces and a diagonal. The reason why the magnification was so high with the 40mm was because it was a bit of a distance away from the visual back and I was also using a Celestron 2X barlow, due to me being setup to do planetary imaging. The lineup was a 2X barlow, 1.25"-2" adapter, a Vixen flip mirror, on the mirror the 40mm eyepiece, and behind the flip mirror were a filter wheel and a IS 618 CCD as shown in the pic. Does anyone know how to work out the actual focal length in a setup situation like this? The pictures didn't come out as crisp as I though they would after the seeing I was experiencing, I'm thinking that the line up caused a bit too much magnification. When I tried the 2.5X power mate the magnification was less, about 60% of the size with the Celestron 2X barlow, I think the TV 2.5X powermate should be labelled 1.5X. I didn't capture any images through the PM due to Mars moving out of the optimal imaging position, coming down with Bronchitis and starting to freeze through my layers of jumpers so I ended my session. The views I had I will definitely remember for a long time and I'm looking forward to the next Mars opposition since it'll be another 38% closer and again will move through the zenith visible from my location... now thinking about a 16" dob for those views!!! Thanks for reading, Mariusz
  3. Last night/this morning the seeing was quite reasonable. Only took a couple of videos of Saturn having done 4 on Mars - well with so many clear nights getting a bit tired. Still to process the Mars images, but the Saturn ones came out quite good. The ADC seems to do a really good job at such a low altitude - have to have it at max separation. This was with 2243 frames captured in Firecapture beta, 67% aligned and stacked in AutoStakkert!2, wa velets in Registax 6 and a very little bit of editing in Adobe Elements 11.
  4. Hi guys Well I finally managed to get some sky exposed and had a look at Saturn with the kit I bought off bigal1 A little rough but the seeing wasn't great and clouds were coming and going at a fair pace Stacked it through registax and cleaned it up boosted color etc like I say a bit rough but as a first attempt I'm happy with it Any thoughts and advice feedback would be welcome good or bad Best regards Baz
  5. My first effort with my new scope - posted details yesterday in observing. Accidentally landed on Saturn and spent nearly two hours! I had been trying my imaging setup - early days!! and got some images of the moon - will post separately,,, BUT just looked at some of my apparently blank images from the camera and I actually got Saturn. Raw image is way too big at 19Mb but I've posted this cropped jpeg... not for criticism please - just because I'm so pleased I got htis by accident and it is my first ever Saturn image
  6. I met a couple of fellow amateur astronomers last weekend and had an overnight stay about 2 hours north of Perth Western Australia. Had an great night talking about astronomy, telescopes and imaging. I imaged a couple of planets and a couple of larger DSO's in the middle of nowhere with dark skies. I used my Saxon 8" Mak which I've had for quite a while now and only used it a couple of times for some visual. Collimation was slightly out and I adjusted as best I could. Captured in SharpCap with the ZWO ASI224MC, processed in PIPP, AutoStakkert, Registax and finished in PaintDotNet.
  7. I was determined to have a crack at Saturn on father's day after a nice day with the kids. I knew it was low at about 15° but was pretty sure I would spot it over neighbours roofs ... When I set up at 11:30 I realised that it DIDN'T Not to be deterred I set up in the extension (about 1.5 m higher than garden) I knew this would be far from ideal but had a bash anyway, I'm actually quite surprised with the result shooting through an open double doorway. C8 edge, TV 2x Barlow, asi224 Settings below Camera=ZWO ASI224MC Filter=L Profile=Saturn Diameter=18.29" Magnitude=0.02 CMI=338.6° CMIII=274.1° (during mid of capture) FocalLength=5050mm Resolution=0.15" Filename=Sat_002951.avi Date=190617 Start=002853.414 Mid=002951.082 End=003048.750 Start(UT)=232853.414 Mid(UT)=232951.082 End(UT)=233048.750 Duration=115.336s Date_format=ddMMyy Time_format=HHmmss LT=UT Frames captured=8750 File type=AVI Extended AVI mode=true Compressed AVI=false Binning=no ROI=632x404 ROI(Offset)=248x248 FPS (avg.)=75 Shutter=13.12ms Gain=437 (72%) USBTraffic=80 AutoHisto=75 (off) HighSpeed=off Gamma=50 SoftwareGain=10 (off) Brightness=1 HardwareBin=off WRed=52 WBlue=95 AutoExposure=off Histogramm(min)=0 Histogramm(max)=182 Histogramm=71% Noise(avg.deviation)=n/a Limit=none Sensor temperature=32.1 °C
  8. Hello all, Feels like years since I last posted here. To be more precise its 3 months to the day since my last image. Got this one of Saturn last night. Pretty pleased with it given how low the planet is. The moons captured are, left to right, Tethys, Dione and Rhea. Anyone know much about the dark marking in the A ring on the right tip? (sorry if its already been mentioned in other threads) I thought it was an artifact at first but have noticed it in other images. Taken through my 8 inch SCT with a 2x barlow lens and DBK imaging source camera.
  9. Woke up early this morning and thought i'd try to capture the 3 planets before the Sun joined the party, probably be cloudy tomorrow Should have got there earlier but it was a Sunday lol Was very very cold icy car, numb fingers and toes Spica is visible top right as well.
  10. From the album: Saturn Journey

    First image of Saturn taken at 6:30am on the 5th of Jan 2014. Second round of processing, this time I have created a luminance layer and enhanced with a Blue Filter.
  11. mitchelln

    Saturn 6550

    From the album: Saturn

    Saturn through Hyperion MKIII Zoom.

    © Neill Mitchell

  12. Ewan

    Saturn 06 05 2013

    From the album: My Images

    At only 16 degrees this was a nightmare, the usual seeing not very good. 1 LRGB run of 2000 frames per channel. Stacked in AS!2 no wavelets done.
  13. leelee970

    Saturn 6th May 2013

    From the album: 2013

  14. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my iPhone through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece + Baader Neodymium Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  15. From the album: My Astro Pics

    Taken with my iPhone 3GS through a Baader Zoom Eyepiece + Baader Neodymium Filter using my Orion XT8.

    © ©DanielJamesWatts

  16. From the album: Solar System Objects

    This is the first Saturn imaged since I moved. Seeing was above average, but not the best I have ever experienced. The most I could manage decent data is through a 2X barlow max.. 3X was staring to go a little soft. Imaged using Imaging Source 21au618 using standard R, G & B filters and a IR Cut filter through the 8SE on 29th May 2016. 3000 frames IR Cut Luma. 2000 frames R & G filters. 750 frames B filter. Used best 25% frames. Color balanced in PS.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  17. Another tricky low one, but certainly viewable. At 5am Mars will be 10 degrees above the horizon, with Saturn only 1 degree 17" away. Best seen with binoculars or naked eye, telescopic views will likely be poor due to the low altitude.
  18. rotatux

    Saturn on 2017-06-11

    From the album: Moon, planets and single stars

    Taken using FullHD 30p crop movie (1/30 s, ISO 3200) with Olympus E-PL6 attached to Celestron 127MAK (1500mm) and x2 ED Barlow on Celestron NexStar SLT. Processed with CvAstroAlign + Fotoxx. Location: near country around Paris, France. Was a nice sky but not very high above horizon.

    © Fabien COUTANT

  19. MarsG76

    Skyris Saturn

    From the album: Solar System Objects

    Saturn captured at f20 on 28th July 2015 using Celestron Skyris 618C.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  20. From the album: Stargazer33's Album

    Poor image but the first postable one of this year! Had a lot of problems this night. First of all my laptop kept switching itself off despite being on mains power. When I did finally get it to stay on I had all sorts of problems with my programs not working properly. Gave up on PHD2 in the end so my M51 data is naff! Decided that as I was out there getting cold I might as well try imaging Saturn. It was still low in the sky, so a lot of atmospheric disturbance in the video, hence the poor quality - not even showing the Cassini Division clearly. Equipment: C8 XLT, CGEM mount, Revelation 2" R&P Superfocus crayford, Revelation Astro 2.5x barlow, QHY5L IIc Processing: PIPP, AS2, Astro Images 3.0SI, CS4

    © 2015 Bryan Harrison

  21. I need help i want to see Saturn clearly with my POWERSEEKER 127EQ TELESCOPE.
  22. Hello all,as a totak noobie and not just green behind thr ears but all over ?. Ive had my first scope for 7 days now a 2nd hand skywatcher 200p dob, i only have the 2 eye pieces that came with it. I decided to go out in the communal garden again tonight asbthe sky looked good,i got out at 8.30 to give the scope time to cool down and get muself comfy. It was a lovely fairly clear night.And for the first time i managed to get Saturn in my finder scope after finally sorting out its alignment on friday, i started off with tue 25mm eyepiece saturn was tiny but i could cleary make out the rings i was gob smacked so happy and excited i quickly fumbled for the 10mm eye piece and slipped that in a slight adjustment of the scope and saturn was slightly larger and the rings alot more visible wow wow wow i am still on cloud nine it was amazing,i looked at it and followed it for what felt like half an hour.my wife bought me a cup of tea and she had a look to and a couple of my neighbours were very impressed. I then waited for mars to move round and quickly focused on it and i started with the 25mm and then moved on to the 10mm. Before tonight i wasnt very impressed with the 10mm but it did a good job tonight. Im still buzzing and im off to bed now. Just thought i would share with all you wonderful people. Many thanks and best wishes From me Dave ?
  23. For once I set up my two catadroptic imaging scopes together to see how they compared, and how well the smaller one cut through the crud. C8 SCT on SE mount, ASI 120MC, ADC, processed in Registax6, 3000 frame video. Celestron 127mm Mak on Nexstar SLT mount, wood tripod, ASI120MC , ADC, processed in Registax6, 3000 frame video. The 127mm images are slightly smaller, placed second. The bigger scope seems to do better. I thought that Saturn did not change much and was just a seeing test target, but the shadow of the planet on the rings is now distinctly asymmetrical. The dark smudges in the C8 Mars images correlate well with real features. Mars altitude about 11 deg. The dust storm seems to be over. The seeing was better than it's been for a while.
  24. Night of 12-13 June. I had not had a go at Saturn and Mars for some time, so set up the C8 to image them. Kit: Celestron C8 SE SLT, ASI120MC, ADC. Seeing: initially poor but improving through night. The Jupiter images were unexceptional, but the Saturn ones resolve the Cassini division well (compared with my earlier efforts). The rings look odd - I wonder if this is the conjunction brightening I have read about? Mars was very low when imaged at around 2am BST. I packed up because I was tired and cloud cover was forecast. I still got some surface detail.
  25. Greetings! I've had my telescope for a couple of months now and I still didn't get the chance to try the sky align option, I watched some video and tried aligning my scope many times but it never seemed to work. I only use it to watch the moon and I have to manually move it every minute or so because it keeps getting out of frame, how can I set it to track the moon on its own? I wanted to see Saturn a month or two back but I couldn't do it, I'm planning on trying again tomorrow as I'll know where it'll be in relation to the moon and mercury. Any tips you can give me? I really want to see Saturn. (Also, will my 25mm eye piece that came with the telescope work to see Saturn?) Thank you
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