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Saturn with a handheld DSLR


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About this observation
Dominic Ford (site admin)
Time of observation
13/06/2017 - 23:00
Observing location
Lund, Sweden
Canon 750D
300mm lens
1/500 sec, ISO 6400

Last night I was wondering whether it would be possible for me to observe Saturn, given that I'm at latitude 57N, and I don't have a telescope with me in Lund.

So I tried putting my longest lens (300mm) on my Canon 750D to see what would happen. I do have a tripod, but I thought that would be cheating, so I went for a very fast exposure (1/500 sec, ISO 6400), hand held.

Definitely a positive detection of a ring.

I hope the attached isn't the best observation the Saturn Section receives this apparition, but perhaps it will be the most northerly. I'm now in Uppsala at latitude 59.8N, but I'm not sure I'll find anywhere with a flat enough horizon to repeat the experiment with Saturn at altitude 8 degrees.

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