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Saturn, 2015-07-13

Saturn, 2015-07-13

On a night of exceptionally good seeing I managed to capture the video that lead to this image. It's hard for most northern imagers to get a clear view of Saturn these days because it's so far down on the ecliptic (-18 degrees declination). This places it pretty low in the southern sky, meaning that in the northern hemisphere we are looking through a lot of atmospheric distortion when we look at it. Saturn continues to move further down the ecliptic, and it won't be back to its present declination until 2012.
Video taken with my Canon T3i through my 8" SCT with a 3X Barlow lens. Frame selection performed in PIPP, and frame stacking and post-processing was performed in Images Plus. Post-processing included statistical sharpening, edge sharpening, saturation boost, noise reduction, and stretching, mostly done using masks. Rings and disk were processed separately.
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