The Planets Saturn and Jupiter
July 14, 2020
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The planets Saturn and Jupiter are side-by-side in the nighttime sky. Jupiter just past opposition (Earth between the planet and the sun) last week and Saturn is at opposition now. These are the best times to view a planet. Saturn, the 6th planet from the sun was 837,764,500 miles away from us last night while Jupiter, the 5th planet from the sun was 385,489,700 miles away. These two gems were shining brightly medium-high in the southern sky at 1 am. I used the Celestron EdgeHD 11" telescope at f/10 and the Altair Hypercam 294 one-shot-color camera.

To capture, I used SharpCap Pro with the camera setting RAW14, binning 1x1 and using a Region of Interest (ROI) of 320x240. I captured 100 frames into a 'SER' type file. I also recorded a set of videos in the RGB24 mode saving as an AVI file. I then took the best 20% of the video frames for the stacking parameter. The post processing was then done in Photoshop CC 2020.

That 'Techy' Stuf
Telescope: 11" Celestron Edge HD at f/7
Mount: Celestron CGX
Mount setting and alignment via Celestron PWI software
Rig to Indoor Computer Connection: USB 2 196 feet Extender via cat 6 cable
System Alignment: Celestron StarSense
Camera: Altair Hypercam 294c Pro TEC
Binning: 1x1
Capture Software: SharpCap Pro
Stacked in AutoStakkert! v3.0.14 (x64) and Registax 6
Post processing in Photoshop CC
Focus Controller: Celestron Auto Focuser
Temperature: 82°F (27.8°C)
Date: July 20, 2020
Location: My Backyard, Savannah, GA

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