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.


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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