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  1. Hi all, This is my first shots of Saturn and Jupiter taken the last summer with my new ZWO ASI178MC. Equipment : -Sky-Watcher Maksutov-Cassegrain Ø150mm /1800mm -Sky-Watcher NEQ5 PRO Goto mount -ZWO ASI178MC camera -ZWO ADC corrector -Pierro-Astro electric Focuser Focus v2 controlled by the PC station in ASCOM. -Imaging Software : FireCapture -Integration Software : Autostakker 3 -Processing Softwares : PRISM v10 / Registax 6 / PhotoShop CS6 / Lightroom 6 - Wide Gammut Monitor for processing : NEC SpectraView Reference 272 (27") calibrated with x-Rite i1 Display Pro colorimeter Saturn : Sequence of 11,000 images. 8,800 added with a sub-exposure of 88ms/image. Focal length : 1800mm Jupiter : Sequence of 6,000 images. 4,800 images added. The exposure time for each image : 40.7ms. Focal length : 1800mm
  2. I need help i want to see Saturn clearly with my POWERSEEKER 127EQ TELESCOPE.
  3. hey guys i have had my celestron explorascope 114 az for around 5 months and i have seen saturn and jupiter through my 3x barlow and 20mm eyepiece and it was a bit small to see. i recently bought a 2x barlow, a 6mm plossl eyepiece and a 15 mm kellner eyepiece along with some filters. i was wondering what would be the best for viewing saturn and jupiter (mainly saturn) if there are eyepieces that you can recommend can you please send a link to a shop were i can buy them from. Thanks
  4. MarsG76

    Farewell Saturn - 11 July 2018 0152AEST

    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

  5. Two years I've been actively learning and pursuing my love of astronomy (well 18 months, as I spent six months in Australia). In that time I've taught myself, gleaned knowledge from our collective friend Google and practiced when the clouds let me! So much more to learn, refine, practice and enjoy. I have photographed Uranus and Venus, but only have a single photo of each. Nothing quite gets the attention and thus demonstrates evolution quite as much as Jupiter and Saturn. The first photo on both rows was produced by a Nikon D300 DSLR,, the second photo in each row was taken using the Orion Starshoot Colour Solar Imager IV, a 15 FPS peak beginners cam, that offered me my first clues as to the details you can see. The last two Saturn photos are taken on the ASI120mc camera, practice in processing and improved conditions lead to the last evolution with Saturn. The 3rd Jupiter from the left was taken with the Orion Starshoot again, having learned more about processing, and the final Jupiter was taken using the ASI120mc at the start of this week, and is a single frame from a short 22 frame animation of Jupiter and the moon Callisto. Each photo was taken through my Meade LX90 8" SCT, and each photo, at the time, delighted me. Still, I dream of taking better photos of both targets, and for the first time ever, Mars!
  6. 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
  7. Imaged through my 12" newtonian and using a JAI machine-vision industrial camera I borrowed from work. After processing I noticed hints of altogether four Saturnian moons. Seeing was rather poor though.
  8. 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.
  9. Hi Stargazers, After a lot of work and help from the great Damian Peach I managed to get some really good images of Jupiter Mars and Saturn despite a total spend of just £100... and I made another bonkers Astrobiscuit video about it which I hope you enjoy. Mr Peach really helped me pick my nights to image and the other big surprise was how good the canon 600D is at planetary. All comments/ advice/ criticisms most welcome...
  10. Stargazer33

    2018-08-02-2157_0_Saturn

    From the album: Stargazer33's Album

    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.

    © Bryan Harrison

  11. Stargazer33

    Saturn & Mars from 02 August

    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.
  12. Saturn along with all the outer planets has been a chore to image all year, due to the low altitude. I had a bit of a eureka moment the other evening though. At the bottom of the garden is a gap between the nearby conifers and even nearer cherry tree. Its only around 20 degrees width of sky, good for an hour or so of imaging time, but more importantly its right where the Planets transit the Meridian. So last night I waited up for Saturn to appear in the gap (12:30) and there it was at a lofty 15 degrees, compared to 8 degrees in the other garden window. 1st capture was with my C9.25 and asi290mm using a 642 Proplanet filter. The next two captures were same scope, but using my OSC asi224mc camera. The 2nd is with a ADC for the 1st time as well. The ADC image is clearly improved from the 1st. I simply popped the ADC in the Barlow, with the nylon thumb screw level to the horizon and adjusted the 2 knobs until the image on the screen looked better. The red/blue edges top and bottom disappeared very quickly to be honest. ADC fitted Not great images by any means, but certainly better than any of mine recently. And definitely a spot to maybe catch the Mars opposition.
  13. Some reasonable seeing from my location in Selsey, West Sussex over the last couple of nights. Here are three results for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn from 26 June. Pete
  14. Well, I have captured Saturn for the first time and it’s a rush, but unfortunately, the universe conspired against me tonight. The full moon was about 40 degrees away, it was hazy making stars look like they were boiling, and squadrons of mosquitoes attacked with Kamikaze like zeal!. I slapped myself silly but they eventually ran me out of my backyard, cursing all the way inside. Hopefully next time seeing will be better and I’ll spray myself with repellent, and boy do i need to get my focus correct, i need a mask.
  15. mitchelln

    Saturn 6552 6553

    From the album: Saturn

    Saturn thorugh Hyperion MkIII zoom.

    © Neill Mitchell

  16. mitchelln

    Saturn 6453

    From the album: Saturn

    Saturn on the 1st of May through 300P with Canon 7D

    © Neill Mitchell

  17. Hi all, just wanted to share my latest attempt at planetary imaging. Things are improving! Location: Cork City, Ireland Camera: Firefly Mono MV Telescope: Skywatcher 200P on Eq5 + Antares 3X Barlow Software: Flycap2 and Autostakkert On Flickr
  18. long_arms

    My first saturn

    Hello, This was taken at 5 am yesterday morning. The planet was placed right next to a house and a streetlight from where I'd set up the scope. I don't know whether it was the seeing that was bad or heat coming off the houses (or both) but the boiling was horrendous. I really struggled to focus and my diy extension tube was a nightmare hence the low resolution. Anyway I learned a lot, mainly that I need to capture more frames to get the noise down. I couldn't decide how higher gain to use, would you say its a bit overexposed here? I know this isn't great but as it was my first time seeing the planet let alone imaging I'm quite happy!! I'd stayed up all night after a much more pleasing result with a lunar mosaic () so just to see the planet was both a relief and a beautiful sight ! Think this is the best 1000 frames stacked (or thereabouts). Taken with my point grey firefly mono camera, with my 200p f/5 and the stock 2x barlow. Followed by some dodgy editing with gimp. Thanks for looking and all suggestions for improvement reeeeeally appreciated. Dan
  19. Hi Guys, I've seen some fantastic images posted on here this year which never fail to inspire me to get out and try to capture some images myself. I haven't had too much time or luck with the weather to get out this year and obviously summer limits options, as many have said Saturn and Mars opportunities are sadly becoming quite limited. Still I thought I'd share my efforts, which whilst not a patch on what I've seen posted is still a big step forward from my captures last year. I'd appreciate any comments or advice that people can offer. These were captured using a Skywatcher 150P + EQ2, ASI120MC, videos centred and cropped in PIPP before stacking in Registax-v6.
  20. Shibby

    Another First Saturn

    I thought I'd have a go at imaging Saturn last night. The results aren't very good but it's nice to even have the opportunity to image something! Any tips on how to achieve better? Not sure what's limiting me most: seeing / aperture / settings / magnification??? It shouldn't be focus because I used a Bahtinov mask + Bahtinov Grabber... but I had to use a lot of sharpening! 150 PDS Televue 2x barlow SPC900 + IR Cut Settings: 15fps, max shutter, high-ish gain, no gamma. Thanks!
  21. Only my second time observing Saturn last night so thought I'd try imaging it as the sky was nice & clear for once! All taken with Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200p + 2x Celestron Barlow + QHY5L-II-C. 100 frames stacked in AS2! De-Noise in Registax. Wavelets in Astra Image 4.0 Cropped & tweaked in CS6. 23/05/16 UT 23:55:23 Lytham, Lancashire, NW UK. Here's my second attempt. ROI was smaller so it gave me a slightly higher magnification. 120 frames stacked in AS2! De-Noise in Registax. Wavelets in Astra Image 4.0 Upscaled & tweaked in CS6. 23/05/16 UT 23:56:14 Lytham, Lancashire, NW UK.
  22. mitchelln

    Saturn 6283

    From the album: Saturn

    Saturn taken with 300P, Canon 7D, 2x Barlow

    © Neill Mitchell

  23. Just been out observing Saturn! I saw cloud belts and a Cassini division and the best thing was I was only using a little 90mm refractor, the view was so clear and sharp and full of detail! Never new a scope that size could provide such a good view!
  24. Getting close to ending the season for observing. Not a lot done this year as I'm still recovering from surgery and my 15 year old has been helping quite a bit. These are tow from yesterday. Sky was clear and reasonably good seeing. Jupiter was rushed before it dissappeared behind a tall hedge and Saturn is so low. Nevertheless, I think this are worth sharing here :-) CPC800 & QHY5L-II. >1500 frames each processed with PIPP, AS2! and PS5. Colour could be better but I find that improving colour sometimes leads to some detail being lost. Comments much welcome!!!
  25. Having barely enough time to let the ink dry on my last report, here's another from last night. Having missed my opportunity last night, I found an angle to view Corvus through a small gap in the foliage, target:- the Antennae galaxies. This pair were reasonably easy to locate and have a high surface brightness (well, for galaxies). Unfortunately their low elevation was a big hinderence. My semi-rural skies did allow me to see the subtlest wisp with a little persistence but it is impossible to be sure what part of the Antennae that was. This presents me with a small ethical dilemma, namely what do I record in my notes. I most probably saw the brighter interacting area but could only see one 'fuzz' and was nowhere near separating the pair into identifiable elements. The brighter of the pair is NGC 4039 (Caldwell 61) and at the moment, I am going for that option with a caveat in my notes. If I had have been able to discern a heart shape or something similar, I would have entered both. Any ideas? My next target was far less controversial. NGC 5248 (Caldwell 45) was identified by starting at Epsilon Virginis and heading just over the Bootes border. Another subtle and soft galactic radiance but easier to see than the previous object. With a low Southeastern horizon (down to five degrees or so) I next revisited M107 which I have only ever had a fleeting glimpse at. As part of an unmistakable asterism to the South of Zeta Ophiuchi, it is easy to find but once again its poor elevation meant that I was just about able to see it using all the usual tricks. My final challenging object was NGC 5363, a galaxy to the North of Tau Virginis. This was the easiest of the new finds in the session. Fed up with looking at inconsequential blobs, I thought I would turn my attention to more rewarding objects. Given both were now favourable, I did a comparison of M5 in Serpens with M13 in Hercules with the 8mm X-Cel. In my opinion, M13 is the slightly more rewarding to view. I was able to resolve more stars and the Herculean glob seemed to be slightly less uniform and show hints of star chains, as opposed to a large fuzzy ball with some resolution. My only additional comment on M5 was that I though it looked very very slightly elliptical. I finished up with Saturn in the 5mm X-Cel, which is presenting itself in a very aesthetically pleasing way at the moment. Titan and Iapetus were very obvious, Rhea (betwen Titan and the planet) could occasionally be seen directly and Tethys just about peeked through the glow with some technique (moving the planet out of the field of view worked a couple of times). Viewing the moons really highlights just how much poor conditions alter what is possible. Iapetus at magnitude 11.2 was almost a clear as Titan in the outer glow of Saturn. Rhea (at magnitude 9.8) was quite tough in denser planet glow and Tethys (at magnitude 10.3) was only just possible in similar glow, the other side of Saturn. Keep those clear nights rolling! ____________________________________________________________ Observing Session: Friday / Saturday 2nd / 3rdMay 2013, 22:35 hrs to 00:25 hrs BST VLM at Zenith: 5.2 New - Revisited - Failed
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