Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 5 February 2010 in Miscellaneous.

Approximately 818 million miles from Earth sits Saturn, the 2nd largest planet in our solar system.

With Roger's new telescope we were able to see a pretty incredible image of the planet with his highest magnification eye piece. We currently do not have the capability of hooking up my camera to this eyepiece, but we are able to take astrophotography images using only the magnification from the telescope itself.

We set out on the night of 2/3 with the hopes of photographing Saturn. Our setup was simple: telescope + camera mounted with t-adapter. We were not sure if we would be able to get enough light on my sensor from a planet that was 818 million miles from us. To make matters worse, we are still learning how to use the GPS feature of the telescope and were unable to get it synched up. Thus, we had to manually keep the planet centered to prevent blurring from movement. It's pretty amazing how fast the little planet moves out of view. Needless to say, we were pretty ecstatic when we saw Saturn on my LCD in live view mode and knew we'd be able to capture it.

We tried to take another picture of Saturn with a 2x magnifier included in the setup, but we had great difficulty getting the planet in focus. Once we get clear enough skies we'll be out at it again trying to get an even better shot.

Stay tuned!

Note: I will still be posting "normal" photography shots, but will try and throw some good astrophotography images from time to time.

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Olympus E-510
1/10 second
ISO 400

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