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Outside watching for meteors, so decided to fire up the 8" Newtonian scope, attached to the Em1/2................
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Re: Saturn...

I had a look at Saturn too but from here it was directly behind some street lights so they really spoilt the view. Must get my Oly connected up to my scope one day and have a play.
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Re: Saturn...

Saturn is relatively low here in the UK.

In Spain it was a very viewable..................

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Re: Saturn...

Well done Mark, was that through an eyepice (afocal) or without and using an adaptor? Saturn is completely out for me at the moment from the back garden due to trees.
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Re: Saturn...

I think I can see it tonight. Can't see any rings though so maybe I'm wrong.
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Re: Saturn...

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Well done Mark, was that through an eyepice (afocal) or without and using an adaptor? Saturn is completely out for me at the moment from the back garden due to trees.
Yes I have an adaptor for the camera to fit the telescope.

Alas Saturn is fairly low in the sky in the UK, and can only be seen in the summer evenings. As the year goes on, it sets too early to be seen well.

Always a pleasure to see it and try for a better photo...

(looking out for the Cassini space craft....)
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I think I can see it tonight. Can't see any rings though so maybe I'm wrong.
I think you are going to need a scope to see the rings.

I had a 5" scope and could only just see the rings. The 8" makes it quite well...
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Re: Saturn...

Hmm ok I'll try it again when the sky clears. May have to get out of the garden though to reduce the light pollution. I have an 8" Celestron Nexstar but haven't had much chance to try it out yet except on the moon.
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Re: Saturn...

10x50 binos will show a hint of the rings, the planet will look slightly elongated. Done it many times. Scopes with a bit of mag will show more your 8" Nexstar (Phill) will get it easily and if conditions are good you will get the Cassini division in the rings plus cloud belts on the planet disc

My observatory is at the lowest part of my garden and over the past 15 years since I built it my southern horizon has gradually disappeared due to trees in the neighboring field.
I use my OM D EM 10 and 1 regularly on the moon through my scopes and also solar through my Lunt solar scope, they work well, the EM 10 is slightly easier to use than the EM1 though. I just have to remember to switch off IS when its on the scope otherwise everything is blurred.
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Re: Saturn...

I didn't get anything like that the other night so it looks like i'll be investing a bit of time now to find out why. Thanks for the help Phil, I wasn't sure what it should be capable of so hadn't persevered with it before.
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Re: Saturn...

Well done, I've always found it diffcult to find and track saturn and Jupiter.
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Well done, I've always found it diffcult to find and track saturn and Jupiter.
Exposures are pretty fast, so tracking is only needed for longer exposures.

Jupiter needs approx. 1/1000 second to get the rings/bands on the planet, but also needs 1/5 second or so to get it's moons....

My EQ5 mount tracks stars, but not quite right for planets,,,,
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Re: Saturn...

More great info thanks Mark.
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Re: Saturn...

Well major coup for me tonight. Finally got to see Saturn through the telescope. Quite a relief actually as I was beginning to think it was faulty. Didn't get any images though just watched in amazement tonight. It looked pretty much as your image Mark. Couldn't see the ring division Phil but what I did see was impressive enough for a first sight. Need to sort out the camera attachment next. Thanks for the help guys.
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Re: Saturn...

Quite a relief actually as I was beginning to think it was faulty

Yes Saturn might well be faulty after they crash Cassini into it........

Well done on finding it, its quite low in the sky now and getting lower during dark hours.

I think the camera connection is a T2 or similar. Obtainable on ebay or the astro web sites. (T2 to Olympus of course)

Will look at mine in the morning and let you know if different...

I also use an extension tube with a X2 magnifier in it. Again will look at it in the morning and let you know....

(Sorry, not a good memory for these things/names)

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