SATURN 2015

Saturn's rings are opening up more!    Things look quiet at the start of this season.

These images were taken using a Celestron  C14  mounted on an Astrophysics AP900GTO mount.  A Celestron Skyris PROTOTYPE camera is used.  RGB is done using a set of Chroma Technology RGB filters on a Starlight Xpress Motorized filter wheel.  Methane band images are done using a Chroma Methane Band filter (889nm  18nm bandpass).   Amplification is done using an Astrophysics Advance Convertible Barlow working at 2.5X.

Image acquisition was done using  Torsten Edelmann's Firecapture 2.5 software.  All images are NORTH UP!   The Skyris camera is controlled by a Thinkpad T530 through the USB port.  Processing was done using AutoStakkert! and Registax.

For info on Saturn's belts and zones please click this link.

You can also see my past images of Saturn at the ALPO Japan Kansai Branch site.
SATURN 2007 SATURN 2009 SATURN 2011
SATURN 2008 SATURN 2010 SATURN 2012
SATURN 2013 SATURN 2014 SATURN 2015

 

April 22, 2016

Seeing was good this morning.  I had quite a revelation last night.  For years I had been using the Astrophysics Convertible Barlow.  The problem was the blue channel doesn't seem to focus with the rest of the colors.   Last week as I drove by OPT, I bought the newer Advance Barcon.  I was shocked when the blue now focuses with the rest of the colors!

Here is probably one of my best image of Saturn.  This image was taken using the Skyris prototype camera I had been testing.  Note the polar hexagon is well resolved and a separate round pole.  There are some bright spots on the belts.

April 2, 2016

Seeing was unstable today.  Transparency was also variable because of clouds.   The image is still a bit grainy despite capturing more frames.

The polar hexagon can be seen. 

March 23, 2016

I have a late start for this season. Seeing was good this morning.  I should have taken more data but I was a bit tired today.

The polar hexagon is still visible in this image.  A lot of band details are visible.