Saturn 2021

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Good seeing on June 19th, 2021. I took the time to capture some of the closer moons using longer exposures between RGB runs. Visible counterclockwise from bottom-left to top-right are Dione, Enceladus, Mimas, and Tethys.

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Good seeing on June 18th. The southern hemisphere appears to have a red stripe through its otherwise blue color. The north polar hexagon has little contrast.

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Very good night of seeing with lots of bands visible on the planet. The North Polar Hexagon has a red tinge and little contrast. The southern hemisphere is blue after years of sunlight being blocked by the rings. No storm activity is visible on the planet.

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Very good night of seeing with lots of bands visible on the planet. The North Polar Hexagon has a red tinge and little contrast. The southern hemisphere is blue after years of sunlight being blocked by the rings. No storm activity is visible on the planet.

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Very good night of seeing with lots of bands visible on the planet. The North Polar Hexagon has a red tinge and little contrast. The southern hemisphere is blue after years of sunlight being blocked by the rings. No storm activity is visible on the planet.

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Great seeing on June 16th, 2020. Saturn continues to appear quiet this apparition.

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Great seeing on June 16th, 2020. Saturn continues to appear quiet this apparition.

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Excellent seeing conditions. This is a second attempt with my EdgeHD 11 and new Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro after a near-failure yesterday because of clouds. My primary use for this mount will be for deep sky imaging, but I can also use it for planetary imaging with the EdgeHD 11 in times I would've used the EdgeHD 8 and Advanced VX.

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  • The perimeter of the North Polar Hexagon is bright in near-infrared, making it stand out more than in visible light.

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Excellent seeing conditions. This is a second attempt with my EdgeHD 11 and new Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro after a near-failure yesterday because of clouds. My primary use for this mount will be for deep sky imaging, but I can also use it for planetary imaging with the EdgeHD 11 in times I would've used the EdgeHD 8 and Advanced VX.

Notes:

  • The North Polar Hexagon has a reddish color with little contrast.
  • Some banding is becoming visible in the southern hemisphere as the rings slowly uncover it from Earth's perspective.

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Good seeing conditions, but clouds rolled in just as I started recording. This was the first night with my new Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro. While my primary use for this mount will be for deep sky imaging, it will also let me use the EdgeHD 11 in times I would have used the EdgeHD 8 for planetary imaging.

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Sky conditions were significantly better than two weeks ago. Saturn is now reaching 30 degrees high while it is dark enough to image. It will transit 42 degrees from my location, just a few degrees higher than last apparition.

The southern hemisphere has a blue hue while the north has a green tint near the pole.

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Although Saturn has been visible in the morning sky for a while now, the wait for clear weather has finally ended. It was very windy and the air above was very turbulent. This was my first time having insulation wrapped around the OTA while imaging a planet. Despite having just bringing the scope out to a cooler environment, I saw no internal heat plume while collimating the secondary mirror.

This was also the first time I used my Chroma extended green filter on Saturn. As expected, the new filter gave a brighter image compared to the standard green. The 11:28 image uses the standard green filter while the 11:29 image uses the extended green. I am hoping for better conditions soon so I can create a solid comparison between both filters.

As Saturn's axial tilt continues to decrease, more of the southern hemisphere is revealed. The planet is now at about the same tilt as it was when I first imaged it in 2013.

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Although Saturn has been visible in the morning sky for a while now, the wait for clear weather has finally ended. It was very windy and the air above was very turbulent. This was my first time having insulation wrapped around the OTA while imaging a planet. Despite having just bringing the scope out to a cooler environment, I saw no internal heat plume while collimating the secondary mirror.

This was also the first time I used my Chroma extended green filter on Saturn. As expected, the new filter gave a brighter image compared to the standard green. The 11:28 image uses the standard green filter while the 11:29 image uses the extended green. I am hoping for better conditions soon so I can create a solid comparison between both filters.

As Saturn's axial tilt continues to decrease, more of the southern hemisphere is revealed. The planet is now at about the same tilt as it was when I first imaged it in 2013.

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Although Saturn has been visible in the morning sky for a while now, the wait for clear weather has finally ended. It was very windy and the air above was very turbulent. This was my first time having insulation wrapped around the OTA while imaging a planet. Despite having just bringing the scope out to a cooler environment, I saw no internal heat plume while collimating the secondary mirror.

This was also the first time I used my Chroma extended green filter on Saturn. As expected, the new filter gave a brighter image compared to the standard green. The 11:28 image uses the standard green filter while the 11:29 image uses the extended green. I am hoping for better conditions soon so I can create a solid comparison between both filters.

As Saturn's axial tilt continues to decrease, more of the southern hemisphere is revealed. The planet is now at about the same tilt as it was when I first imaged it in 2013.

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