Saturn nearing Opposition…
Seeing was half way decent last night..060917..after 1:00am I captured some close-ups of Saturn near Opposition
…a few more days to Opposition, but you can see the shadow of the Rings on the front of Saturn’s Cloud-tops,
…and also the Shadow of Saturn’s Disk laying across the rings directly behind the top of the disk giving it the “cat ears” look!
When Planetary imaging you have two basic options…shoot with a single shot color Camera, or Shoot with a monochrome(B&W) camera and use a Filter wheel with three primary colors Red, Green, & Blue to combine them later for a full color image. I happen to prefer the Monochrome & Filter wheel, simply because it is a little better at resolving the finer details, but it is more work than with a single shot color camera.
The Best steady seeing I’ve experienced in a while here in the Midwest, the More stable it is the more details I can pull out of the image, hopefully we get more steady nights like this.
Captured from my backyard observatory in Dayton with my C8 SCT Scope & QHY5IIL monochrome Cmos Camera & 2x Barlow, Astronomik RGB Filters, AS2, Registax6,RGB combined in Maxim DL, & CS2017. 3400 Avi frames with Firecapture.
Saturn Near opposition 06-09-2017
BTW Saturn is rising low in the Southeast after Dark. Don’t forget to look at Jupiter high in the South right at Dark too!