On the evening of the 23rd July I got a bit of a break and captured my best images of the planet since opposition…I’m very happy with this image :-)
You can see the Cassini division very clearly with some cloud detail on the surface; Saturn’s beautiful ring is now starting to close back up after being fully on display in late 2017.
Every year now the rings will start to close up more and more until they will be seen edge-on to Earth in 2025. They won’t be fully on display again until the year 2032…Wow, now that’s a long time!
My image was taken with a Meade LX200 (GPS) 10inch telescope at prime focus using a ZWO ASI120MC-S camera with a 3x Barlow lens attached. AVI movie files were captured with 2000 frames that were stacked in RegiStax6 and processed in PS CS4.