SATURN 2022

Started my Saturn season early this year.

These images were taken using a Celestron  C14  mounted on an Astrophysics AP900GTO mount and a QHY290M camera. RGB is done using a set of Chroma Technology RGB filters on a Starlight Xpress Motorized filter wheel.  Methane band images are done using a Chroma Methane Band filter (889nm  18nm bandpass).   Amplification is done using an Astrophysics Convertible Barlow working at 2.5X.

Image acquisition was done using  Torsten Edelmann's Firecapture 2.5 software.  All images are NORTH UP!    Processing was done using AutoStakkert! and Registax.

For info on Saturn's belts and zones please click this link.

You can also see my past images of Saturn at the ALPO Japan Kansai Branch site.
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May 7, 2022

Poor conditions today due to mediocre seeing, high winds and clouds!

The belts and zones are distinct.  There are no notable low contrast features.

 

 

May 5, 2022

Condition was perfect today. 

I have finally captured the EZ red spot!  It is very clear in the HDR image below!  Note the white spot on the NTrB.  A lot of interesting low contrast features.

April 30, 2022

Seeing was average today and transparency was poor due to clouds.

In the HDR image, tehre are some interesting features on Saturn.  There are white spots on the NTrB. 

 

April 29, 2022

Condition had been terrible during the last few days.  The sky finally cleared today!  Seeing was perfect! 

I had a big surprise when I applied wavelets to the images, a dark spot showed up!  I didn't know that a satellite of Saturn would  happen now even though the rings aren't edge on yet.  After consulting Winjupos and with Almir Germano's suggestion, it is a very rare transit of Iapetus!  The excitement really woke me  up as my brain wasn't fully functioning this early!

With the HDR image below, a lot of low contrast details can be seen.

 

April 25, 2022

Here is an image of Saturn in close to perfect conditions.  Seeing was perfect but transparency was variable due to clouds.

Some low contrast white spots can be made out on the NTeB.  On the NEBs on the far right side, on can see the "hump" feature.  The polar hexagon is difficult to make out because of the current orientation of Saturn.

 

April 22, 2022

Finally, a decent image of Saturn!  Saturn was only 43 deg above the horizon but seeing was very good.

The belts and zones are very distinct in this image.  The emerging southern hemisphere  is not very distinct.   It is now difficult to make out the polar hexagon.

 

April 18, 2022

Woke up early today to capture Saturn.  Seeing wasn't that great due to the low altitude of Saturn.  This is my first planetary image with my new C14. 

Saturn looks quiet in this region.  More of the southern hemisphere is visible now.