On January 25, 2006

Saturn in LRGB

Equipment & Processing

Meade LX200 10 inch telescope, web cam with a b&w 1/3" sensor, Philips ToUcamPro2 in raw for the color, TeleVue 3x Barlow lens and a tele-extension.

Composite image in LRGB, from 2 avi files.

Image resized at 90% of it's original size.

Processing with successive wavelets using Iris.

Post-processing with Photoshop.

Other version:

Luminance image

Note the presence of the C ring, closest to the globe of Saturn. Many cloud bands are visible on the planet, the Cassini division on the rings is obvious! The picture was taken just days before opposition, that is why the globe of Saturn does not display its shadow on the rings.

Image published in the section "Bravo!" of "Astronomie magazine" (French) on July / August 2006 (Number 81, p46 and 48) and in "Ciel&Espace" (also in French) in October 2006 (Number 437, P102) and in "Astronomie magazine" in February 2008 (Number 98, p25)