Our sixth planet. Always great visually. While its not as colorful as Jupiter, even naked eye it looks yellowish. Diameter is about 75000 miles, and the distance out from the Sun is 9.54 times the Sun to Earth distance.
First try with the 4X Barlow giving f/40 on the 12" LX200 and ST-8E. Seeing was not good, but the Cassini Division is prominent. LRGB image with ten 0.5 second luminance binned 2x2, and 5 each for the RGB's at 0.5 seconds binned 3x3. Processed with a high pass filter.
Taken on November 16, 2000 at the Mistletoe site near Monmouth Oregon.
In this color shot we can see cloud bands on the planet, a bit of ring structure, a planet shadow on the ring, and a ring shadow on the planet.
This is an RGB color shot. The color parts are; ten
500 millisecond red, ten 500 millisecond green, and ten 1500
millisecond blue exsposures. The equipment was the 12" LX200
at f/10 with the 616 filter wheel and the 416XT CCD. Taken Sept 10, 1999
at the Oregon Star Party.
This shot was taken on Dec 19, 1998.
Look for the planet shadow on the ring at the upper right. Also, I like that the ring is separate from the planet as the ring crosses. This picture was taken in Hawaii with a barrowed 14" Celestron. It is a mean of three 150ms shots taken at f/11 (FL 3910mm) with the 416XT.
This shot was taken Sept 27, 1997.
A 50 millisecond
exposure taken with the 416 at f/10 at Juniper Sky. (focus
could have been better, but I rushed it).
The image below started with the same raw data but was resampled to zoom in, and radically enhanced in the lower right to bring out Titan. You can also just barely see the Cassini Division near the outer edge of the rings.