My First Saturn Image for 2009

Hi all

It’s been 2 months since I captured a planetary image.. I’d almost forgotten how to do it! Saturn was finally high enough and bright enough, and the seeing was good enough, for me to use my 5x powermate.

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It’s only my 2nd Saturn image of this apparition and my first since early November 2008. This was captured with my 12″ newt, EQ6, 5x powermate and DMK21AU04. Framerate was a slow 7.5fps to get enough exposure, gain was at maximum.

I captured for 2 minutes in each channel. 320 frames from each channel were stacked in Registax, and final image combined in Photoshop.

It’s nice to finally get an image – i’m looking forward to trying again when the weather clears.

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