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Saturn and Moons by Todd-Sullest Saturn and Moons by Todd-Sullest
This has been my project all semester it seems, though in reality I've only spent a couple of weeks on the actual image.

I first had to find a way to calibrate and align the telescope without being able to sight on the north celestial pole. I then had to get the computer to talk to the telescope and then to the CCD. Finding time to get out to the observatory was probably the hardest part, but once I got all the images in all the filters that I needed (and I had to get the sky-flats as well) I was able to begin working on the image.

All the image files that I used were of the '.fits' file extension. So for a time I tried to use a program by the name of imageJ to stack the images, but since the telescope still had a slight drift error all the images were all over the place.

So I downloaded a beta version of a plugin for Photoshop CS that allowed me to open '.fits' images and aligned the images there in Photoshop.

A couple of hours later this was the final product.

The moon on the left is Titan, the one up at the top is Iapetus (I think... I can't remember what day it was that I took the images and I'll have to check the log out at the observatory to know for certain.), and the one just to the lower right of Saturn is Rhea.

Image is Douglas Parsons.
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Chrissyo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice! :) Keep at it!
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Todd-Sullest Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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Hero-of-justice Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. That took alot of patience.
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Todd-Sullest Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, yes indeed, but it's so totally worth it!
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Hero-of-justice Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose so.
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JwalsShop Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! So this is what you were showing me the other day.
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Todd-Sullest Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
yup, :)
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paklavins Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dang O.o thats nice...as an avid astronomer myself (got a 5" diameter reflector telescope here...) i kno thats a damn nice picture, not to mention hard to get...congrats :D
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Todd-Sullest Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!

so... we have ourselves another astronomer eh? snazzy dude!
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paklavins Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup :D most i can see of saturn with my telescope is about a 0.25cm ball with rings + gap visible...

jupiter is funky too...thats about 0.4cm for me with all the moons like stars ;)
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Todd-Sullest Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
nice, at that size you should almost be able to see some of saturn's larger moons.
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