Saturn UTC

CM1: 85.00°

CM2: 274.20°

CM3: 197.00°

CLat: +20.90°

Description

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.

Equipment

Celestron C8 EdgeHD

ZWO ASI290MM

Astro-Physics Advanced Convertible Barlow

Logs
FireCapture v2.7 03 BETA Settings
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Observer=Ethan Chappel
Location=Cibolo
Scope=Celestron C8 EdgeHD
Camera=ZWO ASI290MM
Filter=B
Profile=Saturn
Diameter=16.08"
Magnitude=0.68
CMI=91.6° CMIII=203.4°  (during mid of capture)
FocalLength=3300mm (F/16)
Resolution=0.18"
Filename=s2021-04-10_11-41-01_b_ec.ser
Date=2021_04_10
Start=11_39_46.322
Mid=11_41_01.323
End=11_42_16.325
Start(UT)=11_39_46.322
Mid(UT)=11_41_01.323
End(UT)=11_42_16.325
Duration=150.003s
Date_format=yyyy_MM_dd
Time_format=HH_mm_ss
LT=UT 
Frames captured=12493
File type=SER
Binning=1x1
ROI=304x204
ROI(Offset)=576x64
FPS (avg.)=83
Shutter=12.00ms
Gain=450 (75%)
AutoExposure=off
AutoGain=off
Brightness=1
HighSpeed=off
USBTraffic=100
Histogramm(min)=0
Histogramm(max)=127
Histogramm=49%
Noise(avg.deviation)=1.64
Limit=150 Seconds
Sensor temperature=79.2°F

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