With the forecast predicting clear skies for the next few days, I took the opportunity to get up early this morning and image Saturn – my first image for this Saturn season.
It’s also my first planetary image in what feels like months (I think it literally has been months), so I eased back into it with a shorter focal length than normal – also partly because Saturn is so dim and so low that it wouldn’t be likely to support high-resolution just yet.
The seeing was quite acceptable given the low altitude, reminds me why I love imaging in the early mornings. It was almost a non-event, as clouds greeted me when I first went outside at 4:40am. I waited them out until about 5:10am when I was just starting to pack up, when they finally started clearing. I captured 1 complete run, and then packed up as it was time to get ready for work. Clouds came back shortly after, so I was lucky to get any image at all.
With the rings closing up this year, it’s really going to be a challenge to capture any ring detail like the Cassini Division – and it’s much fainter than normal too.