Uranus and Neptune from Singapore

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Uranus and Neptune from Singapore

Post by ebeyonder » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:59 pm

I finally managed to capture Uranus and Neptune from Singapore a few nights ago. It was also my first time seeing Uranus visually. I think I saw Neptune visually in Mersing before, but it was through a small scope and hence it didn't appear too different from surrounding stars. This time managed to see both visually and disc-like, quite distinct from stars.

Here are some shots to share:

These were shot with a one-shot colour camera:

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These were shot with a monochrome camera (RGB later combined and enlarged 300% in Photoshop):

Uranus:
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Neptune:
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Finally, a full Solar System collection except for Mercury. I hope to get Mercury one day!

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Thanks for viewing!

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Re: Uranus and Neptune from Singapore

Post by Gary » Sun Jul 21, 2013 3:01 pm

Congrats! Good job! Thanks for sharing.
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Post by yltansg » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:10 pm

Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by antares2063 » Sun Jul 21, 2013 6:51 pm

nice effort and compilation :)
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Re: Uranus and Neptune from Singapore

Post by cataclysm » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:42 am

Wow! What a collection!

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Post by shirox » Mon Jul 22, 2013 1:20 pm

power man!
Love your solar system family haha
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Re: Uranus and Neptune from Singapore

Post by starfinder » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:18 pm

Nice collection!

Hope you bag Mercury soon! That one likes to hide near the Sun and behind our low-lying tropical clouds. I think it's usually difficult to image it during full darkness as it would be too low, so the prime time would be around 20 mins before sunrise or 20 mins after sunset (i.e. depending on whether Mercury is near its western or eastern elongation, respectively). This webpage provides some useful info on the dates of its greatest eastern and western elongations (next one would be round the corner at dawn on 30 July 2013!):
http://www.jgiesen.de/skymap/MercuryVenus/mercury.html

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Re: Uranus and Neptune from Singapore

Post by ebeyonder » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:40 pm

Thanks very much Gavin! Will def try but I don't have a clear eastern or western view from my place so will need to image w smaller portable equipment!

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Re: Uranus and Neptune from Singapore

Post by Airconvent » Tue Jul 23, 2013 11:02 pm

Congrats ebenyonder...!
I remember seeing it visually at an insane 800x on my ETX105 with maxed out Barlow in Singapore. It was probably blurred out but I could not tell as I was excited at seeing them both as disks. What an amazing power horse the ETX105 is!
I saw it the same night Samuel did his comparison of his Nexstar 4 with my ETX side by side. His review is still on cloudynights! :)
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Re: Uranus and Neptune from Singapore

Post by starfinder » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:17 pm

On the topic of viewing/imaging planets... do try (dwaft planet) Pluto too! I have imaged it from Singapore with my LX90 8" SCT but not from a dark sky site. It's just a whitish dot anyway. In terms of visual, I viewed Pluto through the LX90 in July last year at Sedili, with Jiahao. We confirmed it was Pluto through a careful study of detailed charts and through my images taken in the days just before and after the observation (showing that the object had moved). It was a faint whitish dot that was seen in the eyepiece with direct vision (then at mag 14.0).

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