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Posted on Tuesday, December 07 @ 13:17:08 CST by astronomy
 
 
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CAPTURING SATURN

Saturn's low contrast and complex aspect make drawing it a major challenge. Many observers concentrate on potions-the Equatorial Zone or one side of the rings There is no time to dawdle— Saturn's quick rotation means that 15 minutes is long enough to work on a sketch.



Conventional photography of Saturn requires fairly ad-vanced techniques. Saturn's small apparent size means you must use eyepiece projection on an equatorially mounted telescope and track the sky during the exposure. You also need the good luck to capture a few seconds of good seeing. The result, however, can be an outstanding record of a beautiful object.

Many astrophotographers have switched to CCD cameras, despite the greater expense. CCDs allow you to take many images in succession, which improves your chances of catching moments of good seeing.

 
 
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