June 2013 Images

Images of the Month

June 2013

David Nakamoto

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This image of Saturn was taken by Dr. Barry Megdal on June 6, using an Astro-Physics 10” Mak-Cass scope, and a Point Grey Flea3 monochrome video camera with Chroma Technology RGB filters. Best 500 of 2000 frames for each color, processed in Registax.

This image not only shows the power of stacking, but also the excellence of the Maksutov-Cassegrain optics. Details that are normally hard to see in amateur telescopes are the many faint bands on the clouds, the bands on the outer A-ring and the B-ring inside it, and the C-ring within the B-ring. The shadow of the rings is visible on in front of Saturn and below the rings, while the planet’s shadow is seen at the 10 o’clock position on the portion of the rings behind the planet. An excellent image Barry ! Thank you for sharing this with us.

Public Outreach in East L.A.

On Thursday Jun 29th, John O’Bryan and others attended an outreach event at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in East Los Angeles. As John writes:

We had a very nice star party last night! The usual team was there: Herb Krause, Van Webster and Dan Belmour. Dan had a white-light solar filter, and I had my PST, so we had solar viewing from 6:00PM until sunset.image003


Shortly after sunset we found Venus, then Jupiter, and finally Mercury. All three were still within the field of view of my binoculars so that was a treat. Saturn finally appeared around 8:00 but the moon was not up when we shut down at 9:15. Nice job guys! The school staff coordinated everything nicely, as well, so the only issue was no moon.


Here is Van Webster’s 13-inch Dobsonian scope, autographed by The John Dobson himself !

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