Lord of the Rings

Saturn on 04-18-2016 
8Inch SCT scope & QHY5IIL CCD, 2x barlow, 2400 frames


John Chumack

Dayton, Ohio

8 inch diameter C8 scope, 2x Barlow, and QHY5IIL CCD camera, 2400 frames stacked in Registax6

After 14 hours of driving back from Oklahoma(storms & solid clouds), I was wiped out, but decided to try and stay awake to image that night since the seeing was decent! Here is Saturn from the Early Morning of 04-18-2016. Despite the haze, and being low in the South, it came out okay with my 8 inch diameter C8 scope, 2x Barlow, and QHY5IIL CCD camera, 2400 frames stacked in Registax6. Taken from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio. More to come as I also imaged Jupiter & Mars…still processing all the data.

Saturn is Traveling through space at more than 21,000 mph (34,000 kph), Saturn takes 29.5 Earth years to make a single orbit around the sun.

Because it travels in an elliptical path rather than a circular one, it doesn’t always lie the same distance from the sun as it wanders through the sky,
Saturn averages 886 million miles (1.4 billion km) from the sun, nine and a half times Earth’s average distance. At its farthest (aphelion), Saturn hovers 934 million miles (1.5 billion km) from the sun; at its closest (perihelion), the distance to Saturn from the sun is “only” 839 million miles (1.4 billion km).

2016-04-18T00:00:00

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