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Saturn Approaching Opposition

Discussion in 'Astrophotography and Imaging' started by Orion25, Jul 26, 2022.

Saturn Approaching Opposition

Started by Orion25 on Jul 26, 2022 at 5:59 PM

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  1. Orion25

    Orion25 Well-Known Member

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    Saturn is emerging above the horizon around midnight and will reach opposition (position opposite the sun) on August 14 when it will be closest and brightest. I imaged this shot with my ZWO ASI-224MC space camera and 180mm Mak-Cass telescope, one of my best, me thinks, lol!

    ASTRONOMY - SATURN 7-24-22.jpg

    Clear skies!
    Reggie :cool:
     
  2. Nebula

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    Great shot yeah you have many visible features in it a lot of cloud details.

    Very cool! we never get tired of this.
     
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  3. Mak the Night

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    Jeez those space cameras are good! That's great Reggie. You must have actually been in space. Was re-entry difficult? ROTFL!

    Seriously though, I'm impressed. Superb detail. I had a good session on Saturn with my 80 ED DS Pro on Tuesday. I observed Saturn until after transit.

    Cloudy and damp here at the moment, typical English weather. Wednesday's looking promising. I want to get my 127mm Mak' out for Saturn, Jupiter and Mars.

    Back to Zeta Reticuli then ...
     
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    Thanks @Nebula and @Mak the Night. That little ZWO ASI-224MC really does the trick and the 180mm Mak is no slouch either. Saturn is really looking great and I can tell the reduced incline of the rings (I read that they are becoming more edge-on to our line of sight).
     
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    Mak the Night Well-Known Member

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    In a couple of years they'll look like this:

    sat.jpg
     
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    Awesome Reggie . Bless me with some of those clear skies.
     
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    I had my first observation of Saturn tonight, there was a 10 minutes opening of very good atmospheric condition, I had a good fortune using 250x of power during that time and enjoyed the views very much.

    Still can believe it after a modest 6 years of experience.

    Jupiter was low but interesting also there was a shadow transit happening at the time of the observation, I don't know which moon the shadow belongs to.
     
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    Saturn was bright this morning. I could see Titan and Rhea.

    sat1.jpg

    I reckon the shadow transit was Europa. I could see it with my 80ED Evostar at about 04:30 British Summer Time this morning.

    eur0.jpg

    I got a sharp 160x as Jupiter was near transit.

    eur1.jpg

    I'm pretty sure I could see Syrtis Major and the polar cap on Mars.

    mars.jpg

    I could see it with my 127mm Mak last night as well.
     
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    it was a nice transit :) great views it's always fun to see that. At some point I saw 5 or 6 moons total for saturn!

    You got up early to see Mars @Mak the Night that's cool, what kind of power did you use for Mars?
     
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    I saw Mars, Jupiter and Saturn again this morning with my 127mm Mak. I got 257x on Mars (6mm Tak' ortho'). I could see Syrtis Major. Jupiter was very clear at 171x and I could see the GRS.
     
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    @Mak the Night cool your motivation is enviable. 257x on Mars! wow That's very good, it must show quite a bit if the views are sharp enough.

    I tried 250x on Saturn with my 12" it was cleaner and sharper then my usual 167x with the 8" which it my sweet spot most of the time with that telescope. I could not believe the views at 250x, although I had similar good views with the 8" using an orthoscopic and my 2x Xcel LX barlow, 286x, some time ago.

    Mars must be incredible and interesting at 257x, I never had good result on it at 285x. But I think it took 212x a couple of time which is far from bad.

    :)

    ***

    Mak do you know of a specific surface atlas for Mars that is not digital on a tablet or a computer? I am searching for perhaps a plastic sheet with maybe 4 faces of the planet with many albedo identification.. You know something simple like the Sky and Telescope moon sheet.. it has only 1 picture of the moon with +- 260 craters, it's easy to use, it's small and precise enough for the field..

    Searching for the perfect map.

    Ah this little one will be useful soon also!
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Mak the Night

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    Mars is only about 8 arc seconds in diameter so not really big enough for any real definition. But I could make out the dark triangle of Syrtis Major. Orion used to have a Mars map. I have a copy. Yellow filters are good for Mars.

    https://gistgear.com/product/B00NBBCV3E

    Not sure if they're still available though. They seem to have closed down a lot of their European distribution centres. There's also a National Geographic Mars laminate.
     
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    I really like the image detail and colors. Well done.

    Ed
     

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