Saturn 2020

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Very good seeing and transparency for the second night in a row.

Notes:

  • The EZ has a bright band on the equator.

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Very good seeing and transparency for the second night in a row.

Notes:

  • A disturbance in the far northern regions is setting.
  • A bright spot is just past the central meridian at mid-northern latitudes.
  • The EZ has a gray band on the equator.

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Impressive seeing and good transparency. This was the first night with my new laptop, a Dell Precision 7540. The storage in my late-2013 MacBook Pro was becoming too restrictive for planetary imaging with the C14. Previously, I would disconnect the USB hub with the accessories and delay imaging Saturn for 15 to 20 minutes to transfer Jupiter recordings to an external drive. One of my strategies to alleviate the delay was to set the filter wheel to the methane band filter and disconnect everything afterwards, but having much more storage makes this process a thing of the past. Having 3 slots for SSDs and 4 for RAM gives me plenty of room to upgrade if needed.

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Impressive seeing and good transparency. This was the first night with my new laptop, a Dell Precision 7540. The storage in my late-2013 MacBook Pro was becoming too restrictive for planetary imaging with the C14. Previously, I would disconnect the USB hub with the accessories and delay imaging Saturn for 15 to 20 minutes to transfer Jupiter recordings to an external drive. One of my strategies to alleviate the delay was to set the filter wheel to the methane band filter and disconnect everything afterwards, but having much more storage makes this process a thing of the past. Having 3 slots for SSDs and 4 for RAM gives me plenty of room to upgrade if needed.

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Good seeing and transparency this morning.

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Good seeing and transparency this morning.

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Good seeing and transparency this morning.

I started with the methane band filter while transferring Jupiter data off the laptop since the filter wheel was already set to it.

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Quite good seeing this morning after over a week away due to final exams and bad weather.

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Quite good seeing this morning after over a week away due to final exams and bad weather.

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Quite good seeing this morning after over a week away due to final exams and bad weather.

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Very good seeing this morning, perhaps the best I've seen so far with Saturn in the past six years.

Notes:

  • A faint smudge appears north of the North Tropical Zone.

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A new month has brought improved seeing conditions. The air was very humid, requiring strong dew control to keep the C14 dew-free.

Notes:

  • There is a small bright smudge on the edge of the North Polar Hexagon.

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Another morning of bad seeing to finish a difficult month of imaging. I decided to extend my time on Saturn instead of moving on to Mars because of the seeing.

Notes:

  • The Equatorial Zone appears to have a bright band on the equator.

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Another morning of bad seeing to finish a difficult month of imaging. I decided to extend my time on Saturn instead of moving on to Mars because of the seeing.

Notes:

  • The North North Temperate Zone is bright.

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This morning saw improvements in imaging conditions compared to previous mornings.

Notes:

  • The North North Temperate Zone is bright.

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Excellent transparency as usual, but poor seeing conditions strike again.

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Seeing and transparency were pretty good this morning. Unfortunately, I missed out on using the C14 because I anticipated strong wind.

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Seeing and transparency were pretty good this morning. Unfortunately, I missed out on using the C14 because I anticipated strong wind.

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Seeing and transparency were pretty good this morning. Unfortunately, I missed out on using the C14 because I anticipated strong wind.

Notes:

  • The area surrounding the hexagon is reddish.

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Ground conditions were more favorable for setting up the C14 setup than the last few imaging sessions. Unfortunately, the sky conditions were worse than the forecast anticipated. I saw two satellites glint while imaging Saturn: Iridium 911 between Jupiter & Saturn, and Globalstar M058 near Antares.

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Ground conditions were more favorable for setting up the C14 setup than the last few imaging sessions. Unfortunately, the sky conditions were worse than the forecast anticipated. I saw two satellites glint while imaging Saturn: Iridium 911 between Jupiter & Saturn, and Globalstar M058 near Antares.

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Although the seeing conditions hid small details, it was much better than the previous morning.

Notes:

  • The northern regions are redder compared to last apparition.
  • The southernmost regions peeking out from under the rings are visibly bluer than the rest of the planet.

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Conditions were quite tough for imaging. I usually start with the planet farthest in their east-to-west track in the sky. Jupiter is currently farthest along, but I wanted to wait for the Great Red Spot to rotate into view, so I started with Saturn instead.

Notes:

  • The southernmost regions peeking out from under the rings are visibly bluer than the rest of the planet.

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First Saturn image of the apparition where I'm not shooting low through the bright dawn sky. Tested a shorter exposure with higher gain to cut through the seeing. Image turned out better than expected, so I think it worked well.

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Saturn was almost invisible to the naked eye by the time I finished with Jupiter. It took a few attempts to find it in the telescope. The Sun had almost risen by the time I finished the near-infrared image.

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Saturn was almost invisible to the naked eye by the time I finished with Jupiter. It took a few attempts to find it in the telescope. The Sun had almost risen by the time I finished the near-infrared image.

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