Category Saturn

Saturn Reprocessed

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I’ve really been missing doing astrophotography because of the poor weather this last month so I decided to reprocess an old shot I took about a month ago of Saturn. This time around I didn’t use the curves tool as much so the color isn’t modified. In exchange, I wasn’t able to bring out the contrast between the bands on the planet itself. I was, however, able to maintain some detail in the rings at the cost of just a little noise. I also didn’t flip the image this time in order to give a sort of “bottom up” view.

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Saturn

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Subject: Saturn
Telescope: Celestron CPC 800
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: ~1200 frames stacked with Registax and post-processed with Photoshop.

After hours of deep sky photography I decided to have a quick attempt at Saturn before going in for the night. I’m glad I did. At this point in the evening the corrector plate on my SCT had already begin to accumulate dew. That makes me wonder if I could have doneĀ even better than this.

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Saturn

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Subject: Saturn
Telescope: Orion XT8i
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: ~800 frames stacked with Registax and post-processed with Photoshop.

When compared to my first attempt, this second attempt at Saturn shows the difference atmosphere seeing can make. Even with fewer frames, I was able to capture Cassini’s division as well as some of the bands on the planet.

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Saturn Early in the Evening

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Subject: Saturn
Telescope: Orion XT8i
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: ~1000 frames stacked with Registax and post-processed with Photoshop.

Here is my first attempt at Saturn. This was taken a little after midnight when the planet had only risen about 15 degrees from the horizon. Due to its low angle, visibility was highly affected by atmospheric seeing. That is why it looks so blurry.

This was actually about my third time of ever even seeing Saturn through a telescope. There is something eerily breathtaking about Saturn that humbles me every time I see it.

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