Clusters and Planets: What You Can See in Night Skies

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Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are showing themselves at its best this year. As Mars has recently passed its closest point to the Sun, Jupiter is rapidly approaching to the solar opposition thus becoming visible during the whole night. 


A group of Belarussian astronomers managed to take great shots of the planets with the help of Sky Watcher BKР 2008 HEQ5 SynScan PRO telescope and Sturman BST ED Explorer 18mm eye-lens. Jupiter’s disk with clearly marked North and South equatorial poles was visible at 44-fold magnification. 


 
Jupiter 26 May, 2016. SKY WATCHER BKР 2008 HEQ 5 SynScan PRO telescope, Canon 1100D, Barlow lens Celestron 2x-T adapter+Barlow lens Vixen 2x-T adapter, ISO - 1600. Time exposure 1/125. Combination of 700 photos in Registax 5.1, post-processing - Digital Photo Professional, XnView.

The next object of observation was Mars. Being one of the Earth-closest planets it was visible with a naked eye as a big red star on in a southern part of the sky. 

Mars, 26 May, 2016. SKY WATCHER BKР 2008 HEQ 5 SynScan PRO telescope, Canon 1100D, Barlow lens Celestron 2x-T adapter+Barlow lens Vixen 2x-T adapter, ISO - 1600. Time exposure 1/125. Combination of 700 photos in Registax 5.1, post-processing - Digital Photo Professional, XnView.

The last and the most beautiful planet was Saturn. The ringed giant appeared as a bright yellow star in the Ophiuchus constellation. When 44-fold magnified the planet showed itself at its finest: not only its globe but famous rings were visible at a wide angle. 

Saturn, 26 May, 2016. SKY WATCHER BKР 2008 HEQ 5 SynScan PRO telescope, Canon 1100D, Barlow lens Celestron 2x-T adapter+Barlow lens Vixen 2x-T adapter, ISO - 1600. Time exposure 1/30. Combination of 700 photos in Registax 5.1, post-processing - Digital Photo Professional, XnView.
Both Mars and Saturn were located almost at the same line against the horizon that happens quite rare and difficult to catch on the camera. 

Source: astrobel.ru

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