Magnificent Saturn & Moons
Taken by Noeleen Lowndes on September 11, 2018 @ Gold Coast Qld Australia
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Date Taken: 2018:09:13 20:30:04
 
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The night sky here in Australia at the moment is a stargazers delight with the brilliant planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars all beautifully displayed across the night sky. A few nights ago I got one of those very rare moments when the seeing went ever so calm and I managed to get some outstanding images of Saturn high up at the zenith :-)

I then overexposed the disc of Saturn to see if I could capture any of the moons, and to my delight there they were five of them, the three moons in the shape of a triangle were Enceladus, Tethys and Dione, the two moons further out were Rhea and Titan.

The second image is a composite because I had to use two different exposure times, a shorter one to capture the body of Saturn, and a longer exposure time to capture the faint moons of the planet.

Images were taken with a Meade 10inch LX200 telescope and a ZWO ASI 120 MC-S colour CCD camera with a 3x Barlow attached. AVI movie files were captured and then processed in RegiStax6 and PS CS4.
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