Saturn at Opposition

June 05, 2015


Photographer: John Chumack  
Summary Author: John Chumack

Now is a great time to observe Saturn. The image above was captured from my backyard observatory in Dayton, Ohio on May 28, 2015. The ringed planet reached opposition over a week ago, but bad weather prevented me from imaging it. I managed to snap this shot in between thunderstorm cells. Look for Saturn, quite bright at 0.1 magnitude brightness) in the east after nightfall between the constellations of Scorpius and Libra. It's high in the southeast sky around midnight. Any small telescope with at least 30x power will show Saturn's Rings.

Photo Details: 20cm SCT telescope and Qhy5IIL CCD; 3600 frames Stacked in Registax6.