Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is a beautiful gas giant, well known for its iconic rings. However, it is almost unfathomably far from Earth, making it a challenge for any photographer wanting to take an image of it. This great video follows an astrophotographer as he tackles the challenge of creating a photo of the planet.
Coming to you from Astro Backyard, this fascinating video follows the process of creating an image of Saturn. Saturn sits between 746 million miles (1.2 billion kilometers) and a little over a billion miles (1.7 billion kilometers) away from Earth (for reference, the sun is 93 million miles away). As such, there are numerous difficulties in creating a clear image of the planet given the extreme distances involved. A Celestron Edge HD 11, an 11-inch 2,800mm f/10 telescope, was used along with a ZWO ASI290mm Mini camera. Over 1,500 images were taken, from which the 200 best frames were selected and stacked to create the final image you will see in the video. It is certainly a very labor-intensive process that requires a lot of advanced technique and effort, but it looks to be very rewarding. Check out the video above to see how it was done.