Saturn – July 28, 2018

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A lovely very short session with Saturn, as I was preparing to image Mars at opposition. Initially I was planning to do a simple test on Saturn to see if at only 21 degrees of altitude I could get some details on the planet, and also to asses the seeing conditions. The very good (for the altitude) seeing was apparent as soon as Saturn came into focus on the laptop screen. Only one 5000-frames file was acquired (with an Ir-pass filter), since the good and very good seeing conditions are pretty short these days, and my main subject of the night was the Red Planet. Nevertheless, a hint of the Encke division may be seen, but a far longer session is required in order to get rid of the noise and to better enhance the smaller details. Next time…

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