Saturn 2019

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Another good summer night of imaging for the AVX/C8.

Notes:

  • Rhea is faintly visisble near the 1 o'clock position relative to Saturn. Dione is near the 8 o'clock position.

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Another good summer night of imaging for the AVX/C8.

Notes:

  • The North Equatorial Belt is split by a thin band.

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Another good summer night of imaging for the AVX/C8.

Notes:

  • The North Equatorial Belt is well defined on its northern edge by the thin NTZ.
  • The Equatorial Zone is split by a thin gray band.

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An excellent night for planetary imaging, with the usual caveat of being too breezy for using the CGEM DX/C14.

Notes:

  • The EZ is split by a thin band, which is barely visible in visible light and near-infrared.
  • Enceledus is just below the 9 o'clock position relative to Saturn, Dione is at 12 o'clock, and Tethys is between the two aforementioned moons, slightly closer to Dione.

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An excellent night for planetary imaging, with the usual caveat of being too breezy for using the CGEM DX/C14.

Notes:

  • The north pole is circled by a bright donut in the hexagon.
  • The NEB is clearly split in near-infrared, which is barely visible in visible light.
  • The EZ is also split by a subtle and thin band.

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An excellent night for planetary imaging, with the usual caveat of being too breezy for using the CGEM DX/C14.

Notes:

  • There's a subtle white smudge in the western side of the northern hexagon.
  • The NEBn is well defined on its northern edge by the thin NTZ.
  • The NEB is split by a subtle band, which is better defined in near-infrared.
  • The EZ is also split by a thin gray band.

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Like most nights this summer, it was slightly too windy for the CGEM DX/C14. Other than that, the conditions for imaging were great.

Notes:

  • Dione is near the four o'clock position relative to Saturn. Rhea, and Tethys are near the six o'clock position. Enceladus should be near Tethys, but doesn't seem to be have been bright enough to be detected.

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The North Tropical Zone almost blends in with the surrounding bands in near-infrared, but not in visible light.

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Like most nights this summer, it was slightly too windy for the CGEM DX/C14. Other than that, the conditions for imaging were great.

Notes:

  • The North Tropical Zone almost blends in with the surrounding bands in near-infrared, but not in visible light.

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Like most nights this summer, it was slightly too windy for the CGEM DX/C14. Other than that, the conditions for imaging were great.

Notes:

  • Far northern regions are green.
  • The North Tropical Zone is thin and light.

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The Equatorial Zone contains a thin band on the equator, more visible than in visible light.

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Another good summer night with Saturn, though a little too breezy for the C14. The nearly full Moon was very close, causing the sky to look very bright through the eyepiece, though not enough to affect imaging.

Notes:

  • The Equatorial Zone contains a thin band on the equator, more visible in the methane band than visible light.
  • Tethys is faintly visible near the one o'clock position relative to Saturn.

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The nearly full Moon was very close, causing the sky to look very bright through the eyepiece, though not enough to affect imaging.

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Another pretty good summer night with Saturn, though a little too breezy for the C14. The nearly full Moon was very close, causing the sky to look very bright through the eyepiece, though not enough to affect imaging.

Notes:

  • The Equatorial Zone contains a thin and subtle band on the equator.

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The Equatorial Zone contains a thin and subtle band on the equator.

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Another pretty good summer night with Saturn, though a little too breezy for the C14. The nearly full Moon was very close, causing the sky to look very bright through the eyepiece, though not enough to affect imaging.

Notes:

  • The Equatorial Zone contains a thin and subtle band on the equator.

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The Equatorial Zone holds a thin band brighter than the rest of the zone.

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Finally, a night that wasn't too breezy for the CGEM DX and C14. I thought the seeing was only a little above average while recording, but it turned out to be excellent.

Notes:

  • The Equatorial Zone holds a thin band brighter than the rest of the zone.

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The clouds surrounding the core of the north polar hexagon are bright.

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Finally, a night that wasn't too breezy for the CGEM DX and C14. I thought the seeing was only a little above average while recording, but it turned out to be excellent.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon and its core are resolved.
  • The clouds surrounding the core of the north polar hexagon are bright.

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A small niche on the edge of the Equatorial Zone is rising.

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Finally, a night that wasn't too breezy for the CGEM DX and C14. I thought the seeing was only a little above average while recording, but it turned out to be excellent.

Notes:

  • The north polar hexagon and its core are resolved.
  • A small niche on the edge of the Equatorial Zone is rising.

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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 image of Saturn with a methane filter.

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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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I noticed clouds were 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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