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Old Sep 22, 2018, 6:56 AM   #1
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Hi all, a few results from a recent attempt at Saturn with the big zoom. Decided to combine the moon and Saturn images, gives a nice apparent size comparison (I read somewhere it should be about 100:1). The moon and Saturn did pass each other that day, but not as close as in this composite.

It’s a bit of a luxury problem; the moon only just fits in the screen at maximum optical tele. That means you have to keep adjusting all the time for the motion of the moon. I got a geared tripod head to take care of the precise aiming which works pretty well but it remains a delicate task with a delayed response from the shake reduction system. The easier solution would be to not fully zoom in.. Didn't think it would come to this.

Aircraft crossed the moon, was just too late to shoot after seeing it appear in the screen. ‘Reactive shooting’ is best done with the wired remote which you can keep half pressed. The bluetooth remote has a slight delay


Moved Saturn over to the crater side and did a 1:1 crop to show the jpg quality. Can’t read the raw format yet.
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Old Sep 22, 2018, 12:12 PM   #2
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Great photo's.
I didn't realize how much larger the moon is than Saturn.
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Old Sep 23, 2018, 11:42 PM   #3
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Good. But the second is getting blur.
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