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Saturn with a handheld DSLR

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Observer
Dominic Ford (site admin)
Time of observation
13/06/2017 - 23:00
Object
Saturn
Observing location
Lund, Sweden
Equipment
Canon 750D
300mm lens
Exposure
1/500 sec, ISO 6400
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Last night I was wondering whether it would be possible for me to observe Saturn, given that I'm at latitude 57N, and I don't have a telescope with me in Lund.

So I tried putting my longest lens (300mm) on my Canon 750D to see what would happen. I do have a tripod, but I thought that would be cheating, so I went for a very fast exposure (1/500 sec, ISO 6400), hand held.

Definitely a positive detection of a ring.

I hope the attached isn't the best observation the Saturn Section receives this apparition, but perhaps it will be the most northerly. I'm now in Uppsala at latitude 59.8N, but I'm not sure I'll find anywhere with a flat enough horizon to repeat the experiment with Saturn at altitude 8 degrees.

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djswan2002's picture

This is impressive - considering the altitude of the object, and the focal length and angular resolution afforded by your camera lens. I live in northern England, so I'm pretty unhappy about Saturn's southerly declination at the moment (and for the next decade!) too.

Stevek1804's picture

Impressive Domini!c! I did a similar experiment last night with a 500mm lens. I cheated though. Used a tripod and as I am in Portugal elevation was 30 degrees. You have set the bar too high for me!

Stevek1804's picture

Impressive Domini!c! I did a similar experiment last night with a 500mm lens. I cheated though. Used a tripod and as I am in Portugal elevation was 30 degrees. You have set the bar too high for me!

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