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Saturn and Moons 15-12-2006 by Chrissyo Saturn and Moons 15-12-2006 by Chrissyo
Well it certainly has been a long time since I've uploaded anything. This is due to bad weather, jetstream and lack of any planets to image (its still between Jupiter and Saturn seasons). I still haven't really taken much time to learn how to correctly polar align my EQ6 cause it only needs to be fairly roughly aligned for planetary imaging (though the better it is, the better the images will be).

Anyway, this is Saturn obviously. Its moons are from top left to bottom right Titan, Rhea, Dione and Tethys. You can see a fair amount of the Cassini division and some banding on the actual planet.

This was taken with my 10" F5 Newtonian telescope mounted on an EQ6. I used my old Panasonic videocamera with a homemade camera bracket attached to my new 10:1 fine focuser (which does a wonderful job:)). I used a 32mm 2" eyepiece with a 2" 2X barlow lens. I took 3 seperate AVIs, one of the moons in low light mode, one of the actual planet in low light mode (to capture as much detail as possible) and another of the actual planet in normal mode so as to capture the colour. I combined them all in photoshop to give this final image.
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Necrosarium Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome photo! <3 I am so jealous of your telescope! I just found Saturn for the first time last night since it comes out so early in the morning; I wish my telescope could see this much detail ^^ I use an Orion XT8 Dobsonian with the 25mm lens and tri-mag barlow XD
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TigerQueen-Sangha Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's so amazing, there are just no words for it...:noes:
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Destro7000 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009   Digital Artist
does the jet stream interfere with Astronomy? can you see it in the 'scope affecting your view?
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Chrissyo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it just degrades the views through the scope.
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PolaristheCepheid Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2008
masterpiece!
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Aphoticbeauty Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2007
OK sorry! Let me try that one more time! LOL sorry about that..this is what happens when I multi-task! [link]
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Aphoticbeauty Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Hello! :wave: this Photograph has been featured here! [link]
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Chrissyo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, that link didn't work for some reason?
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Aphoticbeauty Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
Sorry about that!
[link]
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Chrissyo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh cool! Thanks for the feature! :)
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AKennethN Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Your resolution is very, very impressive! I didn't think it was even possible to take photographs like this without launching a telescope into space. You are extremely talented (and have the right equipment!)
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AKennethN Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Your resolution is very, very impressive! I didn't think it was even possible to take photographs like this without launching a telescope into space. You are extremely talented (and have the right equipment!)
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KashaZubrokowa Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007
Very well done. Pulled all moons in.

Fresh -
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Hector42 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Hmm, I think the way you split the image information into "low light mode for detail" and "normal mode for the colour" is quite nifty. :clap:

Needless to say that you always get some of the nicest planetary shots. ;)
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Larah88 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Wow, amazing!
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FoxMaq Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Good catch as always :)
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nanamook Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
oh my gosh its a real photo? i wanna telescope! err and a camera, i dont think ill capture any planets on my camera phone somehow :D
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amd64power Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
amazing shot bud well done
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turkystuffing Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Very interesting to see how you get the final image, which doesn't look to shabby anyway. Good work!
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quicksimon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Fantastic mate!!!! :D Good to see your work again. So, you use eyepiece projection. A great job with capturing the moons and combining the images! I can tell the eq6 mount makes a difference. Polar aligning must be a pain in the the southern hemisphere
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Xionbox Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
Very nice job ;)
I especially like the alignment of the Moons: they almost all are on the same axis.

Thanks also for sharing the image optimization stuff. ;)
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erwanbreizh Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Magnifique :)
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