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Contains:  Solar system body or event

Saturn - the ringed jewel of the Solar System

Acquisition type: Lucky imaging

Technical card

Date:May 27, 2020

Time: 17:41

Frames: 70000

FPS: 52.00000

Focal length: 13500

CMI: 29.90

CMII: 42.00

CMIII: 348.10

Seeing: 5

Transparency: 8

Resolution: 902x602

Locations: Home property, Wattle Flat, NSW, Australia

Data source: Backyard


I feel this is one of my best images of Saturn from the 27th of May, courtesy of absolutely fantastic seeing. I don’t often see the Encke Division (the thin black line in the outer A-Ring) resolved in the blue images, so that was a measure of the conditions. The Maxwell Gap in the C-ring is clearly visible on both sides of the planet and this is the best resolution of this feature that I've ever achieved. It is the thin black line on the outer edge of the inner C-ring…also known as the crepe ring.
The polar hexagon is also very clear and there are quite a number of features, albeit subtle, visible across the planet’s disk particularly in the NPR. There are a few bright spots in the hexagon itself particularly on the p side.



Niall MacNeill
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Saturn - the ringed jewel of the Solar System, 


            Niall MacNeill