SATURN ON 2017/04/09

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Observation place
Yatch Haven Park & ​​Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


TelescopeCelestron EdgeHD 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain - Diameter 203mm (8 ''), focal length 2032mm, f / 10
Barlow 2X (f / 20)
MountCelestron CGEM
Imaging cameraZWO UPS 120MM (monochrome)
Selected resolution 544 352 pixels x
Image typeR (RGB)
The red image was chosen as the luminance image
Exhibition0,1 seconds, average 10 fps for each of the RGB images
Number of imagesSelection of the best 1 photos of the 000 taken for each of the R, G and B images
Image acquisition softwareFireCapture
TreatmentPIPP, AutoStakker, PixInsight and Photoshop

Object description

Object typePlanet
Visual magnitude1,1
Diameter 120 km
Dimension seen from Earth17,2 arc seconds
Distance Mars - Earth when shooting9,637850 AU (1 441,80 million km)  
Currently, Saturn is in opposition to the earth, which means that it is closest to the earth.  

Saturn is the sixth planet in order of distance from the Sun and the second largest planet in the solar system after Jupiter. Saturn is a gas giant, like Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune. With a diameter of about nine and a half times that of the Earth, it is mainly composed of hydrogen and helium. It has a magnificent ring system, composed mainly of particles of ice and dust.   

Taking into account the average atmospheric agitation (3/5), we can appreciate a very good resolution of the planet. It was not possible to know the transparency of the sky, because the cloud cover was too important. My personal assessment is average transparency.  
Richard Beauregard
Sky Astro - CCD
My impression "We cannot be alone in this gigantic universe"