Saturn

Image exposure:
800 ms
Object size:
18.6 arc sec
Image date:
2022-07-24

Saturn is now rising in the East in our late evening sky.

It was already at an elevation of about 47ΒΊ when I recorded a four minute video. Back indoors, I stacked the best 25% of 320 frames using Autostakkert software.

Saturn was at a distance of 74 light minutes.

It is Saturn’s North Pole which is tilted towards us – the one with the awesome hexagon – but by 2025 we will be looking down at the equator and the amazing ring system will be seen edge on. The last time this happened was in 2009, when as a rookie astro-photographer I took this slightly out of focus image:

2009-03-05 Saturn With Rings Edge On.

Maybe I still am. . . .

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Telescope:Meade LX-90 200mm Schmidt-Cassegrain
(deforked); 2000 mm f/l @ f/10.
Optics:Astronomik light pollution filter.
Mount & Guiding:SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro mount.
Imaging camera:ZWO ASI 071 MC cooled.

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Images Β© Roger Powell

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7 Comments

  1. Imagine what you’ll be able to image in 2035!

    Nice shot, by the way.

    It always takes me a bit aback, Saturn does. Seeing it, I mean, even in my photos. I think we’re so used to seeing unadorned spheres, that we sometimes forget just what a sight Saturn is.

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        1. In another 13 years I’ll either be viewing the cosmic microwave background in fine detail with my brand new super-dooper all wavelength mega-telescope or I’ll be in an urn.

          πŸ™ƒ

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