Two Saturns - 19 and 24 May

Two Saturns - 19 and 24 May

Postby smerral1 » Mon May 27, 2013 6:34 pm

First, with the skywatcher ED80 and QHY IMG132E camera, with a x4 barlow and enlarged 120%.

Image

Then with a Celestron Nexstar 8SE and QHY IMG132E camera, x1.5 barlow

Image

The smaller telescope performs pretty well I think! :D
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Re: Two Saturns - 19 and 24 May

Postby dave.b » Wed May 29, 2013 10:27 pm

Your 80mm does perform well against your 200mm, but the latter's image has got more detail albeit not a staggering amount more for the significant aperture increase. May be the seeing was the limiting factor?

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Re: Two Saturns - 19 and 24 May

Postby smerral1 » Thu May 30, 2013 11:25 am

Yes, it's definitely the seeing Dave. Being so far north also means that Saturn is not too high; neither does it ever get really dark now. I'm quite pleased with the results though. The C8 image is my best to date.
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Celestron Nexstar 8SE
Skywatcher ED80 Pro
Skywatcher Startravel 102
Coronado PST + SM40
Lunt CaK B600 diagonal
DMK31
QHY IMG132E
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Re: Two Saturns - 19 and 24 May

Postby Astro Chav » Thu May 30, 2013 11:16 pm

Great images. I'm guessing your mount is motorised and polar aligned.

Saturn is driving me mental at the moment but I find hand guiding with a 3x Barlow is just so hard. I've done it with Jupiter, though.
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Re: Two Saturns - 19 and 24 May

Postby smerral1 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:02 am

I just have a Nexstar alt-az mount, which is fine for planetary imaging (and even some basic DSO imaging). It is motorised though.
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Celestron Nexstar 8SE
Skywatcher ED80 Pro
Skywatcher Startravel 102
Coronado PST + SM40
Lunt CaK B600 diagonal
DMK31
QHY IMG132E
Atik Titan
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Re: Two Saturns - 19 and 24 May

Postby tich » Sat Jun 01, 2013 7:16 pm

Cracking images :mrgreen:
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