Saturn | May 8, 2016

saturn

After checking the the Clear Sky Charts earlier in the day and seeing dark blues for seeing and transparency, I knew I was in for a special night. I’m still amazed at the amount of detail I was able to capture in the atmospheric banding. This image will be tough to beat with my current setup as the seeing conditions are captured this under only occur a few times per year in Florida.

Acquisition Details

  • Capture Time: 2:30 AM
  • Imaging telescope or lens: Celestron C5
  • Imaging camera: ZWI ASI120MC-S
  • Mount: Celestron CG-3 German Equatorial Mount
  • Guiding telescope or lens: Celestron C5
  • Software: oaCapture,  GIMP,  Autostakkert!2
  • Accessory: Celestron 2x barlow
  • Acquisition Time: 02:00
  • FPS: 30
  • Total Frames Used: 900

Atmosphere

  • Clouds: 0/5
  • Seeing: 5/5
  • Transparency: 5/5
  • Temperature: ?
  • Humidity: ?
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