Saturn Nearly Edge On

May 15th, 2010

Uploaded 5/16/10

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 The time to see Saturn with its rings nearly pointing directly at us is now. The tawny disk is surrounded by some ruddy rings, and the left panel I have brightened it up a bit to show the nearby moons. This is the first time I have tried to image planets with the new astrograph.
Instrument: 8: f/4 Astrograph with 5x Televue Barlow Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 31AU03.AS Filters: SBIG RGB Exposure: 1/3 sec each Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing good, Transparency 6/10 Outside Temperature: 55F Processing: Registax, Photoshop CS3