Saturn: The ringed gas giant. Saturn's rings would span a distance that is more than 2/3 that of earth to the moon. The rings are made up of trillions of tiny icey particles of frozen gas and dust.
This imaged was taken with a 1.3 megapixel Sony digital camera, handheld to an eyepiece on the 82" Otto Struve telescope located at the McDonald Observatory in West Texas during a memorable 9 hour observation session on this historic scope.
This shot is a composite imaged during one of the several occultations that occured in 2001.
The image of Saturn and the limb of the moon was shot with a Sony digital camera through a 19mm eyepiece and 2x barlow lens through a Meade LX 90 SCT.
The larger frame was imaged with a low lux security camera through an Meade ETX 90 mak cass.
The first image with the greatly overexposed moon was combined with the 2nd image, which had a greatly underexposed Saturn.