Photographing Saturn with Toucam
Observations and images from last night plus what you CAN do with a webcam!
I was having this dialogue with Pete Hill and found this old image of Saturn with the normal set-up (8" SCT + X2 barlow + Toucam) that I thought might be of general interest.
Just shows what you CAN do with a webcam when the seeing is good!
Sent: Monday, 2 May, 2016 3:52:32 PM
By the time that Mars and Saturn had got up to a decent elevation it was getting a bit late and brass monkey syndrome was setting in. I had already got the PD deployed, so I simply used that! There is a bit more gain available on the PD too.
Yes it was wobbling all over the place!
When the seeing is good the Toucam is excellent. I found this old image from nearly 10 years ago with the same set-up to prove the point!
Thinks - I might send it to the group to show just what you CAN do with a webcam!
Sent: Monday, 2 May, 2016 2:48:52 PM
Nice images considering the seeing, looking at Saturn on Friday night at RAG, I stayed late, it looked like Saturn was hula hooping with its rings! Did you not try the Toucam on Mars and Saturn? or was it just too wobbly?
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 21:24:29 +0000
Firstly, I had a look at NGC 3184 to see how the supernova was progressing.
It's still there!
Then, inspired by Paul's sketch of NGC 2841 at the meeting on Friday, I thought I would have a go at imaging it.
I then had a look at 2 more DSOs in the area. I particularly like NGC 5371.
I also had a look at Jupiter, but the seeing was not too good, and the image is not as good as some of the previous ones I have done.
I could then see Mars and Saturn low down in the South. Not good conditions for imaging, but I had a try anyway.
Again, due to the very low elevation seeing was very poor. Nevertheless, the Cassini division in Saturn's rings was visible, as were a few of the surface features on Mars. I have also labelled a couple of the features in case anyone wants to orient themselves.
According to "Sky and Telescope" the bright edge on the left hand side of the disc is due to clouds on the "morning" limb.