As with Jupiter, I think my Saturn turned out a bit better this time. There was kind of a weird glow coming off of the top of it, not sure what that was, but I do like the detail much more with unsharp mask over wavelet sharpening. This is a… Continue Reading... "Improved Saturn"
I also took some data on Saturn with my new equipment, as I did with Jupiter. Saturn was a little closer to transit that night, and the seeing was maybe the slightest bit better. Continue Reading... "First Saturn of 2021"
Once I figured out that my only workable imaging configuration was the ASI2600MC and 2x barlow, I slewed from Jupiter to nearby Saturn. I took 3000 frames of “decent” seeing using the seeing monitor in SharpCap, and stacked the best 20 percent of the frames. Continue Reading... "Saturn 2020"
One of the biggest challenges of amateur astronomy is the effect called atmospheric seeing. It can be a problem with wide-frame deep sky shots, but it is especially a problem when using a high magnification to image a planet. The atmosphere is turbulent and can distort the light rays entering… Continue Reading... "Atmosperic “seeing”"
I hadn’t had a chance to use the telescope in a little while, but Accuweather said that tonight would be “excellent,” so how could I turn that down? Saturn was coming up right about dark. The conditions weren’t ideal, as it was a bit hazy with lots of seeing near… Continue Reading... "First shot at Saturn, another challenging planet"