NASA: DMK 21AF04 Captures Vanishing Rings of Saturn

Blogged by Jonathan Maron on April 8, 2008 and tagged with Press, Sample Images, Saturn.

On March 18, 2008 SCIENCE@NASA reported on The Vanishing Rings of Saturn:

Saturn: jewel of the solar system, taker of breaths, ringed beauty. Even veteran astronomers can't help but gasp when they see her through a small telescope.

Red Alert: Saturn's rings are vanishing.

Around the world, amateur astronomers have noticed the change; Saturn's wide open rings are rapidly narrowing into a thin line. Efrain Morales Rivera sends these pictures taken through a backyard telescope in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

The article was accompanied by the following image, which was captured using a DMK 21AF04 FireWire camera:

Last week, I was in contact with Efrain Morales, who sent me the remainder of the image (click for full size version):

His hardware was as follows:

Meade LX2000GPS, 10″ OTA. Celestron CGE, DMK 21AF04 CCD camera, TeleVue 3x Barlows, Baarder UV/IR fiter, Astronomik LRGB filter set.

We congratulate Efrain Morales for having his work published by SCIENCE@NASA and thank him for sharing his images with the rest of the astronomy cameras community.