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  1. I have recently taken delivery of the ZWO ASI120mc 1/3 cmos colour camera. First thing I will say about this camera,it's significantly better than the Orion Imager IV, very easy to use and works a charm with FireCapture 2.3b. Last night I had clear skies and a low wind, so I set about capturing Saturn as it drifted past my local street lamp collection. Was an absolute pleasure to sit in 12c weather and just watch as Saturn bobbed around in my view. After eventually packing up and transferring the files to my primary computer, I hit the hay and processed the images today. The result is much better than I ever achieved with the Orion Imager IV, however - my collimation is WAAAAAAAAAAAYYY out (well it's not good), the Red channel of my image is sharp, the Green, blurry and the blue is displaying ghosting and super fuzzyness. So, whilst it's not a complete stunner, and tonight is going to be spent trying to figure out this collimation lark - I present my first Saturn with the ASI120mc, first is the full colour and then just to show you how sharp the image could have been, the red channel.
  2. I finally managed to get out last night and do some imaging. The seeing was really poor after quite a nice day, but hey, at least the clouds kept to the horizon for most of the session. C8 (XLT), CG-5 GT, Revelation Astro 2.5x barlow, SPC900NC, Baader neodymium filter. Captured at 10 fps, stacked in AutoStakkert with wavelets in RS6 and some tweeking in PS7. I think I probably pushed it too far with the 2.5x barlow from reading replies/suggestions to other peoples pictures. Next time I get an opportunity to try I will leave the barlow off. Any comments/suggestions would be gratefully received & thanks for looking.
  3. Hello Stayed up last night, I had a tiiiiny observing session. Then came in only to see that it would be clear in the morning. So I stayed up and around 4 set everything up for a pass at Saturn again. Conditions were poor, but I dont see them improving with Saturn so low so no need to moan. My camera seems to have gotten even more filthy... I really need to sort it instead of wimping out!!! Anyway this is I believe around 4000 frames stacked then cropped. Only the first avi I've gone through but I dont see it improving. Taken with 200p, with standard 2x barlow and a massive homemade extension tube (how far can i push this barlow aha?). With point grey firefly mono, no filters. Dan
  4. Lovely dawn this morning. Full Resolution image, with "mouseover" label option, at: http://astunit.com/tonkinsastro/planets/20121211_planets.htm
  5. Almost certainly my last Saturn attempt this year .. just skirting my rooftop now (oh for a south facing garden with fields beyond !) Switched back to the C9.25 for convenience and results very similar to 10" OO Newt considering the poorer seeing on this imaging run resulting in very noisy captures. C9.25 F25, DBK21 618, IR image using SPC 618 modded, AS2, Reg 6 Cheers, Alan
  6. From the album: Solar System Objects

    This is quite possibly my last Saturn for 2018. The only reason I would image Saturn again this year, is if in the next couple of weeks I had exceptional seeing. In that case I will resume the attempt to resolve the Encke division with my 8" scope, which I do have hints of in images so I'm confident that it can be done.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  7. donygp


    From the album: Newbie

    Saturn.. CPC1100, Canon 60D, 1.5 min Video, stacked and processed with Registax
  8. From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Had another look at my files and I seem to have got a bit more detail out. Thank you everyone for your advice. Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. Taken using QHY5L-II colour planetary camera and 8SE, using a Celestron X-Cel LX 2 x barlow. All AVIs stacked in RegiStax6 and processed in PS Elements 11 (composite image)

    © vicky050373

  9. Vicky050373

    Saturn 01.05.2016

    From the album: Lunar and Planetary Images

    Using QHY5L-II colour planetary camera and 8SE on NEQ6 Pro SynScan. 4 x 500 frame AVIs, joined and processed in PIPP to centralise image and then stacked in RegiStax6 to select best 25% of frames. It's my first attempt at imaging Saturn, so I'm happy to have an observation for my scrapbook

    © vicky050373

  10. Toxophilus


    From the album: Saturn

    My first attempt at Saturn. The seeing was quite poor and Saturn is quite low at the moment so I'm reasonably pleased with the result.
  11. From the album: Saturn Journey

    Have had a play with the 3x Drizzle
  12. From the album: Saturn Journey

    First image of Saturn taken at 6:30am on the 5th of Jan 2014. First round of processing, will reprocess again later, see if I can improve. Seeing was poor, but transparency increased through the morning. Caught this image just before sunrise at 65FPS, got 39000 images.
  13. rob1

    Saturn 22/04/13

    From the album: Astro pics

  14. From the album: My Images

    The red channel only.
  15. Ewan

    Saturn 06-05-2013

    From the album: My Images

    My 1st proper Saturn, no barlow just DMK""618 + Baader CCD filters.
  16. StarryBob


    From the album: Starry Bob's Starry Shots

    Quite pleased with my first shot of Saturn, such an awe inspiring sight.

    © StarryBob

  17. StarryBob


    From the album: Starry Bob's Starry Shots

    A compilation of my first tries at webcam photography with an SPC900.

    © StarryBob

  18. Just got 2nd hand Celestron CPC1100. Tried to take Saturn and Jupiter image with Canon 60D, prime focus. Took 1.5 minutes (Saturn) and 2 minutes (Jupiter) videos, stacked and processed with Registax and Instagram (lol). Hope to get better image later.
  19. Hi everyone, These are hardly comparable with some of the incredible Saturn pics we've seen on here over the last few days, but thought I'd show what I managed to get out of the set up mentioned in the title, and a standard kit 2x barlow back at the start of April. No real beauties yet with the 3x barlow, it's so dim the only way to get a reasonable image is to slam all the camera settings up so far that registax can't make out the planet from the noise! That barlow did only cost a tenner though, so I guess I shouldn't expect miracles! 5 min avi, captured through Sharpcap and run through Registax. I'm working on learning to use other software, but until I can be sure I'm getting better results from that, I'll still with what I know! Tons of room for improvement on the processing, and although a part of me wants to rush out and upgrade my kit, there's a part of me that says "hey, you see that little dot in the sky up there, I took a picture of that with some pretty basic kit from my back garden and it came out like this!" Curious to know how long other people are running their captures for on Saturn - it seems to me there's less surface detail to suffer from rotational blur as there is on Jupiter, so I'm wondering whether there'd be any gain from running a 10 - 15 minute capture to maximise frames, so that you can be really picky about stacking only the best? As always, any advice welcomed. D.
  20. Hello, I woke up at the ludicrous time of 5am to figure out if Saturn would be visible from my garden. Thankfully it will be nicely placed between 2 trees for about a hour. The next clear morning I will therefore be setting up and having a first go at another planet (I have only seen jupiter so far). I was just wondering if anybody has any tips for focusing on Saturn? I understand it will be a lot smaller than Jupiter through my 200p. Plus for Jupiter, I use its moons to achieve perfect focus whereas I won't be able to do this with Saturn. I've never tried focusing on a star through the camera before and am a little bit skeptical as to how accurate this will be for a planet. Thanks, Dan
  21. Hello, This was my first crack at Saturn with the autofocuser fitted and boy did it make life easier. With only the planet to focus on (moons too dim) I still found it very easy. Unfortunately my DIY extension tube was an epic fail. There was so much movement at the barlow end that after 10 minutes of trying, I gave up trying to find Saturn. I have already solved the problem (didn't have time this morning). So this was just with the stock skywatcher 2x barlow at prime focus of a 200p (2000mm FL). Quite shocked at how big it was on the chip nonetheless, so I'm optimistic for better results when I have a 3x barlow and a functioning little extension tube. Seeing was better than last 2 attempts at Saturn. Although when I pointed the scope at the moon it became apparent what "better" was...pretty shabby. Didn't attempt with the IR pass. This is around 3000 frames out of 7000 stacked. Titan was clear so I brought it out with levels adjustment, 3 more moons are visible on the stack but barely so I filled them out. Taken at around 3 am. I'm very happy
  22. Hi all after reading around the other day i see red25a and violet47 give great contrast and detail ,so i thought i would give it ago with the ir and iruv here they are ir 742 first then uvir,red,violet with Saturn on its way from us now and not to high in are some what cloudy skies most of the time i keep take in as many chances as possible next clear night i may go with green orange light blue se what they give i have 17 mixed colored gso filters heres the images from 1500 frames ,average 500 staked a run in pipp again but got the same framed out a will get round how to use it at some point quick crop in ps6 they came out all sizes pat c 9.25 dmk 21 mono bright star filter wheel ir 742.ir/uv,red25a,violet 47 c gem pier mounted IR UV/IR RED 25A Violet 47 heres a small video of me out side and the images if you want a look
  23. Hi All, This is my first Saturn of the season captured after capturing about a hour of Jupiter videos on the night of Jupiter opposition. The planets are very high in the sky from my part of the world this year, so imaging is a lot easier than fighting water like shimmer. Clear skies.
  24. The morning before, I was greeted with a close conjunction of Mars and M22 and went into "shutterbug mode", but almost ignored the fact that Saturn was also nearby. After all, the Saturn/Mars conjunction was yet to come (one day later). Well...the next morning, I shot 231 frames of the beautiful Saturn & Mars pairing and here are few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them, too:
  25. No where good enough for the imaging challenge on planets, but my best for a LONG time. I think I've imaged more in the last couple of weeks than I have in the last couple of years! Anyway, for what they're worth here they are: This is an image from Winjupos for Mars at the time of capture: C9.25; CGEM; ES 3× tele extender; Zwo ADC; QHY5LIIc Captured in EZP, sorted & centred in PIPP, stacked in Autostakkert2, wavelets in RS6, final processing in PS CS4 extended.
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