Contains:  Solar system body or event
Moons of Uranus, 



Moons of Uranus

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 8se

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI224MC

Mounts: SkyWatcher HEQ5

Software: Registax 6

Date: Nov. 29, 2020

Time: 23:00

Frames: 215

Resolution: 402x415

Data source: Backyard


I *think* I managed to capture the moons of Uranus, but I'm not a 100% certain. The tricky part is that they are so very dim, so to capture them I had to over-expose the planet. Ignore the big white circle, Uranus isn't really that big of course, but the dots (moons) seem to be in the right place according to Stellarium (once I flipped left-right for using a diagonal).

For me, if these are moons, this is absolutely amazing. I've never captured moons from a planet that far our before. These fuzzy dots are distant, cold, icy worlds with mountains, valleys, each with their own stories spanning billions of years. Imagine what would it be like to stand on one and watch the sun - more like a star because they are so far out - roll around the sky in a circle because of how Uranus itself rolls along its orbit around the sun.

Ok, so maybe I'm reading too much into a bunch of fuzzy dots!



Moons of Uranus,