Astrophotography Day 2: Saturn's Rings, Monochrome Epiphany, and Mizar & Alcor

For starters, I learned what Monochrome actually means. As the name suggests, it means that I can only capture one color at a time. For now this means balck and white, however when my LRGB filter set shows up, I will be able to take single colored shots, combine them, and recreate some really cool, colored, DSO’s/Planets/Satelites. In fact, colored cameras < monochrome because colored actually capture comonchrome, however they have this filtering system built-in, meaning pixels are actually lost. Here is a great article for those interested.

Today I went to the top of the hill instead of my usual spot. This allowed for easier setup and more comfortable viewing of the moon. I was also joined by my dad for the begininng of the night. I was able to show him Jupiter, Saturn, and the moon through the camera (on my computer screen) and then the three double stars from the other night. I am still blown away by Albiero, I think this is my favorite so far. Once he left, I took some time to get better captures of a few easy objects. It turns out focus and waiting for the camera to stop vibrating is huge here!

Saturn

So not only was I able to focus on Saturn well enough for the rings to differentiate from the body, I actually was able to stack and come up with a better image than the video showed! This is a first :) and will continue to be the rule until I actually do a little bit of reading (zoom in to see).

Saturn

Moon

Figuiring out focus was key and tossing on my moon filter, I took a second go at capturing the moon. This turned out better than last night (in video), however it did not quite translate to the stacked result.

Moon

Mizar and Alcor

While there is a lot to learn here, I was actually able to pick up some of the bright stars on my camera tonight! I am still far from capturing nebulas, however as you will see below, I was able to capture this double (binary?) star. Again, apologies for the lacklust stacking. WIP!

Mizar and Alcor