Imaging Saturn

October 2, 2005

This was the first image of the 2005/6 season, and the first Saturn image with the Toucam.

Earlier in the night I had been imaging Mars, with only so-so results. By the time I was able to target Saturn (waiting for the planet to come out from behind trees), the seeing had improved a good deal. I still wasn’t skilful enough to land on the chip directly, but a good deal of that could have been due to focusing issues, which made it difficult to see when the planet was centred except when the scope was extremely close to focus. Adjusting the focus usually threw the planet off the chip – focus adjustment is still very harsh.

Saturn 2 October

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