Saturn and Mars low on the horizon

Submitted by jimwcoleman

As I live between 47 and 48N, Saturn and Mars are both very low on the horizon right now, particularly in the wee morning hours.

To prepare, I took a late-day nap but when waking up at 9:30 p.m. I noticed the skies had completely clouded over!!! Undaunted, I got things ready just in case and around 11 p.m., the skies cleared up!

Neither of these shots are anything to write home about, particularly with all the success I've been having with Jupiter this season, but I was happy to get at least SOMETHING at around 1 o'clock this morning (8 a.m. UTC). Both of these images were acquired with an 8" Meade LX200R using a Skyris 132M cam, stacked with Registax 6.

As soon as I got the Saturn image, the skies clouded over again and I ... well, at that point, I was covered with mosquito bites and bug spray. But at least I walked away with something.


Submitted by jimwcoleman on Sat, 08/27/2016 - 10:30

Seeing was REAL BAD this night .. and the planets, particularly Saturn, were so low in the sky that this was the best I could do .... even with focus dialed in ...