Saturn 2019

I decided to capture Saturn with the methane filter again after seeing how well it came out last night.

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I decided to capture Saturn with the methane filter again after seeing how well it came out last night.

Notes:

  • With twelve hours until opposition, the surge in brightness of the rings has nearly peaked.

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With seven hours until opposition, the surge in brightness of the rings has nearly peaked.

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It's opposition night for Saturn, and the first time I've imaged it on such a night in five years.

Notes:

  • With twelve hours until opposition, the surge in brightness of the rings has nearly peaked.

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It's opposition night for Saturn, and the first time I've imaged it on such a night in five years.

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It's opposition night for Saturn, and the first time I've imaged it on such a night in five years.

Notes:

  • With twelve hours until opposition, the surge in brightness of the rings has nearly peaked.
  • The northernmost regions of the planet are green-ish.

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Before calling it quits for the night, I decided to capture a methane image of Saturn for the first time in many years.

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Before calling it quits for the night, I decided to try for an of image Saturn with a methane filter for the first time in years.

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The north polar hexagon has a bright ring not visible in the RGB image.

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The great seeing and breezy conditions continued.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon and its core is resolved.
  • The north polar hexagon has a bright ring not visible in the RGB image.

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The north polar hexagon and its core is resolved.

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The great seeing and breezy conditions continued.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon and its core is resolved.
  • The far northern areas are green.
  • The rings are continuing to brighten as opposition approaches, which is noticeable when compared to images from last night.

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The north polar regions are green.

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I decided to go for Saturn one more time tonight to take advantage of its higher altitude.

Notes:

  • The north polar regions are green.
  • With opposition soon arriving, the rings are starting to surge in brightness as the angle of reflection approaches 0°.

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With opposition soon arriving, the rings are starting to surge in brightness as the angle of reflection approaches 0°.

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After collecting plenty of good Jupiter data, the view of Saturn did not disappoint either.

Notes:

  • The north polar regions are green.
  • With opposition soon arriving, the rings are starting to surge in brightness as the angle of reflection approaches 0°.

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The North Temeprate Belt stands out as being dark in an area with little contrast.

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Despite being heavily obscured by clouds, I wasn't planning to give up as long as I could see Saturn on the screen, and it stayed visible long enough to capture enough near-infrared data for an image.

Notes:

  • The North Temperate Belt stands out as being distinctly dark in an area with little contrast otherwise.

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High northern latitudes are green.

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After I noticed clouds where closing in while capturing methane images of Jupiter, so I hurried over to Saturn before it was too late to capture anything. The clouds reached Saturn before I started recording, but I managed to persist enough to capture an RGB set.

Notes:

  • High northern latitudes are green.
  • The North Temperate Zone is bright.

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High northern latitudes are green.

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The seeing became surprisingly poor after I moved on from Jupiter.

Notes:

  • High northern latitudes are green.

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After an RGB run, I also gave Saturn the deep-red/infrared treatment.

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After an RGB run, I also gave Saturn the deep-red/infrared treatment.

Notes:

  • A band at high latitudes is brighter compared to previous years.

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After a good run with Jupiter, I decided to turn my attention to Saturn as it approached transit.

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After a good run with Jupiter, I decided to turn my attention to Saturn as it approached transit.

Notes:

  • A band at high latitudes is brighter compared to previous years.

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Seeing was surprisingly decent despite the somewhat low altitude and turbulent sky.

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I swapped imaging trains again so I was capturing with the ZWO RGB filters. I want to see how they stack up to the Chroma equivalents used for the previous image. Seeing was surprisingly decent despite the somewhat low altitude and turbulent sky.

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After a good round of imaging with Jupiter, I wanted to see if Saturn would any good despite being only 24° high.

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After a good round of imaging with Jupiter, I wanted to see if Saturn would any good despite being only 24° high. I'm doing another round of comparison between the ZWO and Chroma RGB filters. This image is with the Chroma filters, while the next one will be with the ZWO filters.

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One of the northern zones is particularly bright.

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The seeing continued its months-long streak of being poor.

Notes:

  • The far northern regions are green.
  • One of the northern zones is particularly bright.

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Far northern regions are green.

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After a difficult start with Jupiter, I had an easier time with Saturn. As I was aiming the C8 towards the ringed planet, a few deer came into my area and started snorting at me.

Notes:

  • There is a bright zone in the northern hemisphere.
  • Far northern regions are green.

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There appears to be a faintly visible bright smudge visible near the north pole at the central meridian.

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Seeing was a little better after moving on to Saturn from Jupiter, but nothing special.

Notes:

  • There appears to be a faintly visible bright smudge visible near the north pole at the central meridian.

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The rings no longer peek over the north pole of the planet.

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Despite the various issues I had imaging Jupiter, I decided to move on to Saturn. Since there was no alignment because of my earlier power issues, I had to manually aim at Saturn and track it with the hand controller.

Notes:

  • The rings no longer peek over the north pole of the planet.

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