© paulsastrophotography 2018
Imaging

Saturn

is,

in

my

eyes,

one

of

the

most

stunning

objects

that

anyone

can

see

in

the

night

sky.

With

its

bright

rings

it

really

does

“run

rings”

around

any

of

our other planets.

Saturn and its rings can be seen through pretty much any telescope. In larger telescopes Saturn makes for an amazing sight as you will be able to make out the shadow cast by either the rings on the planets surface or the planets shadow being cast across the rings, depending on the position of the planet and rings. As with all planets, it is best to film them in video mode then import the video file into software that can split the individual frames and stack them. The reason for this is because you don’t need long exposures due to the brightness of the planets, but you need a lot of frames to reduce atmospheric distortion which the software will sort through for you. There are links to the software in the Links page here . You can set the software to produce an image at certain points during the stacking process and select which ones come out best. It os then just a matter of processing the resulting image as normal in your post processing software.
Saturn

Saturn

Description: Planet (#6) Common Name: Saturn Messier Catalogue: N/A NGC: N/A Constellation: Sagittarius Size: 18.4 Arc Seconds Visual Magnitude: +0.0 Distance: 75.29 Light Minutes 746 Million Miles
Summer

Specification

Date Taken: 20/06/2018 Dark Site?: No Telescope: Altair StarWave 70ED Diameter: 70mm Focal Length: 420mm Mount: SkyWatcher Star Adventurer Guided?: No Filter: Semi APO Camera: ZWO ASi120m Mono ISO: Exposure: 1000 Frame avi Video Light Frames: Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Capture Program: ASICAP Stacking program: AutoStakkert Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

Date Taken: 05/07/2019 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Bresser 102/1000 Diameter: 102mm Focal Length: 1000mm Mount: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight Guided?: No Camera: ZWO ASi 120mc Planetary Capture Software: ASICAP Light Frames: 120 Second Video Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Stacking program: AutoStakkert Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

Date Taken: 22/06/2019 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Bresser 102/1000 Diameter: 102mm Focal Length: 1000mm Mount: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight Guided?: No Camera: ZWO ASi 120mc Planetary Capture Software: ASICAP Light Frames: 120 Second Video Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Stacking program: AutoStakkert Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3
Imaging

Saturn

is,

in

my

eyes,

one

of

the

most

stunning

objects

that

anyone

can

see

in

the

night

sky.

With

its

bright

rings

it

really

does

“run

rings”

around

any

of our other planets.

Saturn and its rings can be seen through pretty much any telescope. In larger telescopes Saturn makes for an amazing sight as you will be able to make out the shadow cast by either the rings on the planets surface or the planets shadow being cast across the rings, depending on the position of the planet and rings. As with all planets, it is best to film them in video mode then import the video file into software that can split the individual frames and stack them. The reason for this is because you don’t need long exposures due to the brightness of the planets, but you need a lot of frames to reduce atmospheric distortion which the software will sort through for you. There are links to the software in the Links page here . You can set the software to produce an image at certain points during the stacking process and select which ones come out best. It os then just a matter of processing the resulting image as normal in your post processing software.
Saturn
Description: Planet (#6) Common Name: Saturn Messier Catalogue: N/A NGC: N/A Constellation: Sagittarius Size: 18.4 Arc Seconds Visual Magnitude: +0.0 Distance: 75.29 Light Minutes 746 Million Miles
© paulsastrophotography 2018
Summer

Specification

Date Taken: 05/07/2019 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Bresser 102/1000 Diameter: 102mm Focal Length: 1000mm Mount: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight Guided?: No Camera: ZWO ASi 120mc Planetary Capture Software: ASICAP Light Frames: 120 Second Video Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Stacking program: AutoStakkert Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3

Specification

Date Taken: 22/06/2019 Dark Site?: Yes Telescope: Bresser 102/1000 Diameter: 102mm Focal Length: 1000mm Mount: iEXOS 100 PMC-Eight Guided?: No Camera: ZWO ASi 120mc Planetary Capture Software: ASICAP Light Frames: 120 Second Video Dark Frames: Bias Frames: Flat Frames: Stacking program: AutoStakkert Post Processing: PhotoShop CS3