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Monday, 25 March 2013

Saturn images through 8 inch Celestron

Ask some of the amateur astronomer which are using a telescope what he considered his the most beautiful thing in the sky, and many of them will tell you it is Saturn. In fact, many say that their first glimpse of this planet, was what made ​​them focus on astronomy. A view of Saturn in a good telescope, often attract sighs of the visitors, who, after a lifetime of seeing the planet rings in cartoonsare "terrified" at the sight of the original.

Saturn's rings should be visible even through the smallest telescope at 25x. A 3-inch telescope at 50x can show you the ring as a detached structure on both sides of the planet.

8-inch telescopes are excellent for observing Saturn. With this size of telescope, you can have a magnification of up to 300x or more. Most will offer the best observation of 350x or less, some can go up to 450x before the image to degrade, or you can not see too much Saturn, because it will take a little tracking engine on the telescope to follow the sky, due to Earth's rotation.

Optics: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, 20mm Plössl, 2x barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 29/04/2012
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: video captures, FastStone Image Viewer

Evening sky map of 29 April 2012, captured image with Stellarium program.


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