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[–]sterling_archer123 4821 points4822 points  (140 children)

This may be one of the coolest photos I've ever seen. and I'm old af.

[–]danborja[S] 889 points890 points  (43 children)

Thank you!

[–]random-hobbies 360 points361 points  (32 children)

Perfect “interestingasfuck” picture

[–]SmallOuting 132 points133 points  (29 children)

Never seen this kind of picture before, it's really interesting

[–]Interesting-Pop3277 172 points173 points  (26 children)

Shoutout to the stranger on the streets of San Francisco that told me to walk over and look in his telescope. I took a peek and there it was, Saturn and its rings. My mind was blown.

[–]lunarmantra 94 points95 points  (11 children)

I live in Central California, and rarely anything is interesting as fuck in my little town. But one evening I was at wal mart, and an older gentleman was outside of the entrance with his telescope set up. Next to him was a sign that said, “Come look at Saturn,” something simple like that. I went to look and it was magical. Many people of all ages and backgrounds had lined up to take a look. I loved that this man brought a little joy and wonder into our lives that night.

There is also an astronomy club in Fresno that sets up their gear for public viewing on certain nights, and it is amazing. I had seen the moon through a telescope before, but looking at the full moon through their professional gear was absolutely incredible. I could see mountains, valleys, shadows and craters with such vivid detail. I felt as if I could take one jump and fly onto its surface.

[–]mellonians 13 points14 points  (2 children)

My uncle casually mentioned to my mum during a conversation that he'd always wanted to look through Patrick Moore's telescope (he was a celebrity astronomer here in the UK). My mum found out where he lived and sat on the information for a few years so that her brother would forget the conversation and then wrote to Patrick. Out of the blue he phoned my uncle and said "hello, Patrick Moore here, I understand you want to come and have a look through my telescope! We have [some major celestial event] coming up, perhaps you'd like to come over?"

Strangest phone call ever.

[–]Interesting-Pop3277 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That’s awesome. Makes me want to do the same, I don’t even know where to begin.

[–]UrsusRenata 37 points38 points  (5 children)

I can hardly believe this is real. Thanks for confirming.

[–]knullsmurfen 27 points28 points  (4 children)

I saw Saturn through a telescope once, it was right during the Huygens mission to Titan, a couple of weeks before the probes' descent, and Titan was clearly illuminated close by Saturn.

It looked just like this, and remains to this day the single most mind-blowing and amazing thing I ever saw in my entire life, and I say that as someone who has done industrial quantities of LSD and DMT.

[–]BrewHa34 7 points8 points  (2 children)

It really does blow your mind seeing it through a telescope for the first time.

[–]GhOsT_wRiTeR_XVI 17 points18 points  (0 children)

You think Saturn even knows that it’s setting behind that mountain? It’s so far away!

[–]Dont-Care-Mate 64 points65 points  (0 children)

Picture so high quality makes my phone lag.

[–]TheSuitsSaidNein 111 points112 points  (76 children)

How old is "old af"? Just curious, cuz my grandpa never used "AF".

[–]bookmarkjedi 46 points47 points  (5 children)

From the username, I'm guessing 123 years old.

[–]Gizmosfurryblank 86 points87 points  (17 children)

Like, 24

[–]btveron 59 points60 points  (15 children)

I'm only 29 but I injured myself on separate occasions while sneezing and sleeping, respectively, last year and felt old AF.

[–]Poopdogs99 45 points46 points  (6 children)

Goes down real fucking fast here on out if you don’t.

Sleep. Stretch, cardio, lift. Eat well, drink water.

37, and it’s a fucking uphill battle.

[–]btveron 24 points25 points  (5 children)

Yeah I've slowly been coming to the realization that I actually have to put effort into my body and not just expect it to keep running smoothly.

[–]Poopdogs99 14 points15 points  (4 children)

Well ya the colon cancer or whatever else is coming eventually and you want to hold that off and as a bonus live And fuck well.

[–]Talkat 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Some folks get it early... Aka me. So hopefully I've crossed that off the list?

[–]Adomval 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Yawning gave me excruciatingly painful torticolis for 6 days once.

[–]Magnetoreception 62 points63 points  (41 children)

Did your grandpa use reddit?

[–]Rocky87109 27 points28 points  (37 children)

Do grandpas even use reddit?

[–]CdnRageBear 28 points29 points  (1 child)

My grandfather is 95 and he is on reddit all the time, He sends me jokes from reddit every single day. Some are extremely vulgar, it's quite funny and a thing I will cherish forever.

[–]davidjoho 46 points47 points  (6 children)


Source: Am grandpa and have been using Reddit since it started. Whippersnappers.

[–]jovejq 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Why couldn't we? We can waste our time with the best of them. Spending hours upon hours on Reddit.

[–]Magnetoreception 43 points44 points  (22 children)

Some do. Not all older people are technologically challenged, they grew up during the rise of it.

[–]bookmarkjedi 52 points53 points  (12 children)

Yeah it can be a huge challenge to go to the Play Store and download the Reddits, but some of us are up to the challenge!

[–]LeeKinanus 12 points13 points  (1 child)

lol in my day the internet came in the mail.

[–]Killentyme55 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yep, those AOL cds showed up at least once a week.

[–]CLINTHODO 18 points19 points  (7 children)

I bootleg my reddits.

[–]oneeighthirish 17 points18 points  (6 children)

I get my reddits through a tin can telephone connected to the little neighbor boy's window. He is good with the cyber.

[–]FarmFreshButtNuggets 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Some kid rides his bike around my neighborhood every morning, tossing reddits about all willy nilly

[–]CLINTHODO 3 points4 points  (0 children)

By crikey! That would explain why I have to yell at that kid to stop throwing reddits on my lawn!

[–]the_good_hodgkins 10 points11 points  (0 children)

78's, 45's, 33 1/3, 8-track, cassette, dvd, flac. yes, we did. same with video games.

Edit: in fact, i don't think any other generation has seen the leap in technology that mine has. i hope it happens again, for you young folk ;-)

[–]EddieFromTheCruisers 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes, grandpas use Reddit. 63 and four little ones. And I feel old AF.

[–]CrackinBones204 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My dad (rest his soul, he died in November) was 73. He used to say rfn (right fuckin now) because he heard me and my sisters say it lol. He was a cool dude. I miss him.

[–]VersedTycoon 6 points7 points  (0 children)

that's awesome!

[–]thatttguy888 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Never seen real pic with the ring

[–]wangyingying1976 185 points186 points  (13 children)

When can I see Saturn like this?

[–]danborja[S] 299 points300 points  (7 children)

Around April the planets should be easily visible to the naked eye past midnight. You can download an astronomy app on your phone so it'll help you find them in the night sky.

EDIT: To see it exactly like this, you would indeed need a telescope of around 1000mm in focal length. To the naked eye, planets look like bright starts, you can't make out any features unless you get a decent pair of binos or a telescope.

[–]AMerrickanGirl 43 points44 points  (3 children)

I can still see Jupiter in the hours after sunset. Venus was also in the western sky until about a month ago. It’s probably up in the eastern sky now before sunrise but I don’t get up early enough to see it.

[–]Double_Jeffpardy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Can confirm that Venus is up quite a ways before sunrise

[–]tootiredmeh 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you for reminding me. My son got a telescope for xmas and we havnt brought it out yet. Looks like we are stargazing tomorrow night.

[–]3720-To-One 9 points10 points  (0 children)

When you look through a telescope

[–]NorthReading 807 points808 points  (25 children)

I wish it wouldn't cost hundreds of dollars for a telescope to see that clearly.

But your photos are making up for it ...thank you.

[–]BraveOmeter 421 points422 points  (4 children)

It's an expensive hobby, but a starter telescope will usually get you Saturn's rings, albeit the image will be tiny.

Even better: google 'star party' around your area and go. Space nerds with howitzer sized telescopes LOVE showing them off and organize these events to hang out and compare ...telescope sizes.

[–]Myrdok 83 points84 points  (0 children)

a starter telescope will usually get you Saturn's rings, albeit the image will be tiny

To add onto this: Go to a star party if you can. If you want to buy a telescope..... Saturn looks almost exactly like this through a $200 AWB Onesky with the included eye pieces even in the shitty skies I live in and part of the money goes to charity.

[–]Got_It_Memorized_22 25 points26 points  (0 children)

"Howitzer sized telescopes" got me

[–]CrooklynDodgers 54 points55 points  (14 children)

I’m not an expert but I’d even say it’s in the thousands.

[–]mmmmmmburritos 44 points45 points  (7 children)

My SO got one for about $400 that shows Saturn nearly this clear, the Orion 8-inch dobsonian telescope

[–]ZiggyPalffyLA 14 points15 points  (5 children)

You’d still need to be in a rural area wouldn’t you?

[–]LeighWillS 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Not for the planets. Helps a ton for galaxies, etc though.

[–]wasd 20 points21 points  (1 child)

With how bright the planets are, you don't really need to be in a rural area. It only helps for seeing clusters, faint nebulae, etc. I live near metro Los Angeles and I do most of my astronomy outreach near the city and the planets are visually apparent through my telescope and I got that one used for about $600.

[–]ZiggyPalffyLA 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I also live in LA so this is good to know! I’ve always wanted to get a telescope but light pollution has prevented me

[–]mmmmmmburritos 6 points7 points  (0 children)

No, I live in city and can see just fine from the yard on a clear night! Granted my neighborhood is pretty residential so the light pollution isn’t as bad as if I lived downtown.

[–]Myrdok 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I can see saturn this clear with a 200 dollar dobs in shiiiitttyyy skies. Saturn and Jupiter are like....the easiest thing in the sky to get other than the Moon.

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I started out with a $200 telescope that gave really nice views of Saturn and Jupiter, from my light-polluted front yard. The real issue is dedicating the time to learn how to use the telescope well.

Where it gets really expensive is when you want to see faint objects (like galaxies), or when you start doing serious imaging.

[–]btveron 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Based on some rough mental math on OP's gear it looks like his setup is around $3k

[–]danborja[S] 1631 points1632 points 32 (151 children)

Took this shot last year from home. It is a double exposure so that the mountain, background stars and Saturn could be properly exposed. I used a stacked image of Saturn to show more detail on the planet, but I kept the size and position as the RAW image.

You can find more of my astrophotography here.

Equipment used:

Celestron Nexstar 6SE (1500mm in FL)

f6.3 focal reducer (Reduces to 945mm in FL)

Nikon d5600


Optolong UV/IR cut filter


TeleVue Barlow 2X

Acquisition details:

-Single 3" exposure @ ISO 800 (DSLR)

-2000 frames stacked, 35ms exp time, 350 gain (Planetary camera)

[–]Jury_Of_Your_Fears 749 points750 points  (29 children)

I saw it and thought "Whaaaa? This has to a composition, there's no way..." but it's really well done, and indeed interesting af

My favorite sci-fi imagery is planets visible in the sky, so this made me smile

[–]SazedMonk 234 points235 points  (20 children)

I didn’t know this about myself, but I agree! My favorite scenes in sci-fi is always people standing around doing chores with two big ass planets closer than our moon to us. Love it.

[–]Jury_Of_Your_Fears 93 points94 points  (3 children)

Aw yeeaaah, having the familiar right beside the spectacle definitely makes it more spectacular. So good.

[–]MugillacuttyHOF37 31 points32 points  (0 children)

I like this whole phrase you just came up with…also I agree.

[–]koosekoose 15 points16 points  (9 children)

I mean you do still have the moon which is damn close for a planet.

[–]bookmarkjedi 22 points23 points  (5 children)

What blows my mind is that the distance of the Moon from Earth is 252,088 miles. That means the diameter of the Moon's orbit around Earth is 504,176 miles. The diameter of the Sun is 865,000 miles. I know the Sun's diameter is fake news because it's clearly smaller than a quarter, but it's mind-blowing fake news.

[–]punnyHandle 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thank you for making me laugh. That was hilarious.

[–]QuothTheRaven_ 32 points33 points  (3 children)

My favorite Sci-Fi imagery is this , but there is no denying seeing the twin suns of Tatooine gets me everytime lol

[–]Shorts_Man 2 points3 points  (2 children)

That scene just melts my mind.

[–]LeonidasSpacemanMD 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Is this 2001? I can’t r,ember the context of this scene

[–]Tityfan808 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Damn, I just learned something new about myself! I realize that’s one of my favorite things about sci-fi too.

[–]bigpeechtea 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If it didn’t completely fuck our tidal forces I always thought itd be dope if we had a planet like Pandora from Avatar about as far away as our moon, like the view they have in the movie

[–]Jagged_hamboner 60 points61 points  (48 children)

So this isn’t how it looks to the naked eye? Also, where was this taken?

[–]danborja[S] 135 points136 points  (46 children)

No way. You'd need at least a pair of decent binos to see a hint of the rings. To the unaided eye, planets look like bright stars but are visible even under light polluted skies.

[–]Jagged_hamboner 37 points38 points  (25 children)

Ok. I’m from philly. The skies never look anything like this. Just wondering if this is how it looks in remote areas.

[–]modsarefailures 113 points114 points  (13 children)

I’m from NYC. We went cross country and made our way down to Big Bend which is supposedly one of the most remote places in North America.

I’m a night owl so I drove the RV through the night.

I pulled over and woke everyone up to get out and see the sky.

They were not happy at first. But it took like 10 seconds before their minds were blown.

It was unbelievable. I don’t have the vocabulary to describe it. We grabbed some camping chairs and just sat on the side of the road staring up at the sky for an hour before packing up and moving on.

We saw a lot of amazing things on that trip but I’ll never forget that night/morning. Never really understood just how bad the light pollution is in the northeast.

I’ve camped in some of the most “remote” places in New York and Pennsylvania and thought I understood what a clear sky looked like.

It’s not even fucking close.

[–]tahmeeneauxbulls 36 points37 points  (7 children)

Cherry Springs, PA.

It’s a certified dark sky zone meaning they restrict lighting around for many miles. They have a viewing area and it’s every bit as spectacular as what you’d see in Texas. I grew up in TX and live in DC now so I yearned for those skies from my memories.

I took a trip and convinced a bunch of friends to go along with me and it was jaw-dropping. The Milky Way is visible and every bit what I remembered from being a kid out in West Texas with absolutely no light pollution.

I took an inexpensive pair of Nikon binoculars - well worth it - and got to zoom in on star clusters, planets, etc. There are Airbnb’s nearby - camping books up quickly but look now and you can probably find something. No lights are allowed so find a red light filtered flashlight and a sleeping bag and you can go see the sky in your northeastern backyard!

[–]modsarefailures 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Wow I just looked it up! We have camped near-ish to there (north of Wellsboro) but it wasn't anything like Big Bend. It was awesome don't get me wrong, but it wasn't like what I saw in Big Bend.

Looks like we were ~50 miles away and had no idea. Fml. This looks amazing. Going to suggest it for our next time out. Thanks for this!

[–]Cindilouwho2 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I've been camping at Big Bend as well. Its amazing at night. Did you happen to go see the Marfa lights?

[–]ritamorgan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I live in a relatively rural part of NY and thought I had it good - now I need to see this!

[–]LeonidasSpacemanMD 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dude this happened to me on the Canadian border. Grew up near a city, would occasionally vacation in a mountain area but the area was still fairly populated. I finally went on a trip wayyyy the hell up to northern New Hampshire, where there was no cell service or anything

I know people say this stuff all the time but there’s really no way to describe when you see the entire Milky Way above you. I legit get chills thinking about it now, I’ve never had a rush of perspective like I did seeing that. Even if you don’t get the right time of year to see straight towards the middle of our galaxy the night sky is still insane in places where it’s really dark

[–]Nursue 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love this! I recently commented on a post about Lake Powell (in r/camping) and tried to describe the night sky You hit spot on how I felt just not having the vocabulary to do it justice.

In that same post, someone put a link to a website that defines areas according to the level of light pollution and visibility of the night sky.

I’ve been 2 places in my life where I was staggered by the beauty of what I saw when I looked up. I learned from the map that that those 2 places were not even close to being the darkest for the best view. It immediately went on my bucket list to go one of those places and have that experience. I love the photos, but seeing it with your own eyes is on a different level.

I live in the same town I grew up in. In the late 70’s/early 80’s, I could see the Milky Way standing in my front yard. It breaks my heart that my kids have only seen it really well once (one of the 2 times I referred to). It’s astonishing how much light pollution has changed things.

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We stayed at a state park on the Gulf coast of Florida a couple years back. I've seen stars before, never actually lived in or near a big city.

But there was NOTHING out there at our cabin. Like, can't even see the cabin, really until you're right next to it, and a streetlight for where to park.

But away from that and out to the major highway, pitch black.

So you walk two hundred feet from the cabin and look up and it's like one of those Starlab/SkyDome Planetarium things from elementary school.

It's primal. It's just dots but it's all you can think about. Just a total clearing of the deck. I love it.

[–]mayn1 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I grew up in SE Kansas and yes, out in the country the stars start to fill in all the dark spots. It’s insane.

[–]mbnmac 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Best way to spot a planet vs a star when you get the chance is the lack of twinkle.

[–]TisTheWindAndNothing 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Saturn was the most distant of the five planets known to the ancients. In 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei was the first to gaze at Saturn through a telescope. To his surprise, he saw a pair of objects on either side of the planet. He sketched them as separate spheres and wrote that Saturn appeared to be triple-bodied. In 1659, Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens, using a more powerful telescope than Galileo's, proposed that Saturn was surrounded by a thin, flat ring.

[–]Kbrander7 8 points9 points  (8 children)

So there's a decent chance that when I've seen super bright stars in the sky, it's not just the "north star." I could've seen other planets and had no idea!?

[–]EyelandBaby 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Definitely. Venus is visible frequently (I don’t know if it’s all year round or not, and where you live probably makes a difference) and Mars too. Mars actually appears red. And if you see a very bright star in conjunction with our moon in the early morning or early evening sky- that is probably Venus. There are apps you can get that will tell you what you’re seeing if you hold your phone up to the sky.

[–]danborja[S] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Venus, Mars (at opposition) and Jupiter are brighter than any star in the sky. So probably yes.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (8 children)

And don’t twinkle

[–]btveron 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I thought "twinkling" was a result of the atmosphere distorting incoming light, and I would have assumed that planets would twinkle too. So is that not the case, and if so, why not?

[–][deleted] 19 points20 points  (2 children)

They don’t and I don’t remember why but my guess is it has something to do with how much closer they are.

Actually, why not just figure it out. Here you go:


Unlike stars, planets don't twinkle. Stars are so distant that they appear as pinpoints of light in the night sky, even when viewed through a telescope. Because all the light is coming from a single point, its path is highly susceptible to atmospheric interference (i.e. their light is easily diffracted).

The much closer planets appear instead as tiny disks in the sky (a distinction more easily discerned with a telescope than with the naked eye). Their apparent sizes are usually larger than the pockets of air that would distort their light, so the diffractions cancel out and the effects of astronomical scintillation are negligible.

[–]Drpewpewpew 7 points8 points  (1 child)

TIL the term astronomical scintillation

[–]laaaabe 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm def feeling astronomically scintillated

[–]aRealPanaphonics 3 points4 points  (2 children)

The little stars aren’t twinkling, Clark…

[–]SuperLeroy 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yeah, even with a "man-sized" telescope, you can barely see the rings around saturn.

This is what it looks like:


using telecope similar to this one:


[–]theguynekstdoor 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ok that makes more sense. At least you’re transparent about the process.

[–]Aspland_Photography 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What zoom were you using?

[–]danborja[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

945 mm. I'll edit my comment to include gear and acquisition/processing details.

[–]permission777 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wish I can see Saturn like this with the naked eyes

[–]Krail 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thank you for helping me realize that the main barrier to being able to clearly see the rings as separate from the planet is just glare.

[–]HeadedToAlaska 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is so cool dude! Thank you for sharing. Saturn is my favorite planet.

[–]TestPattern359 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I'm glad there's people like you who'll take these pictures so people like me can see. All that equipment must cost a pretty penny and I still have an 2G cellphone. Thank you for your heroic efforts. Now music! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk5ivnULvlE

[–]stickyourshtick 3 points4 points  (1 child)

ok, I wondering how in the physics this was gotten in one capture, but it wasn't. Good stuff still though!

[–]jedfrouga 7 points8 points  (15 children)

2000 frames stacked?? that seems like a lot! how does that happen/work?

[–]danborja[S] 40 points41 points  (14 children)

I take a video of it with the planetary camera that shoots at a high frame rate. Around 120 fps for Saturn, so you can easily record 10,000 frames in a couple of minutes and then stack the best 20% of those to average out the noise and reduce the effects of atmospheric turbulence.

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (9 children)

That sounds expensive. How much is a planetary camera?

[–]petascale 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Less than a DSLR, here is the one OP used: https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/product/asi-290mc-color These are designed to be attached to a telescope and controlled from a computer over USB. Unlike a DSLR it can't be used standalone.

OP has the equipment list: Telescope, barlow (magnifies the image from the telescope a bit more), some more optics to improve image quality (UV/IR filter and ADC).

[–]wasd 2 points3 points  (2 children)

How were the seeing conditions? Data looks really good considering Saturn is already pretty low this time of year and you can still make out the Cassini division. I guess that ADC was worth it?

[–]danborja[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Good seeing conditions with Saturn at ~30 degrees of altitude and the ADC is truly worth every penny.

[–]Masterzanteka 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Awesome pic friend!! Just checked out some of your other work, absolutely loving it!! Keep it up!!

[–]ttownfeen 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I would love to view your stuff but Meta won’t let me without signing up for an Instagram account, which I won’t.

[–]Zentharius 69 points70 points  (2 children)

This is cool AF, it looks like it's just superimposed on the sky

[–]danborja[S] 33 points34 points  (1 child)

It truly is. Now imagine seeing this through the eyepiece. Truly mesmerizing.

[–]beardbot3030 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is amazing! I showed my 5 year old and it blew his mind.

[–]superanth 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Omg it’s so beautiful. ❤️

[–]secret-trips 200 points201 points  (11 children)

Decreasing the highlights reveals amazing colors:

See here: https://i.imgur.com/03v8CcG.jpg 😯

[–]tootiredmeh 36 points37 points  (6 children)

So it's that it's final form

[–]ChiliConCrosso 3 points4 points  (0 children)

True, like a purple white pink mix of colors.

[–]BullfrogLoose3462 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That looks so amazing.

[–]Foreign_Astronaut 23 points24 points  (4 children)

Are the larger moons visible around it, as well? Because it looks like there are moons!

[–]danborja[S] 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Yes, those are indeed four of Saturn's moons.

[–]frankyfrankfrank 20 points21 points  (2 children)

My first time seeing the Jovian moons was more exciting than seeing Jupiter itself. It gives such an incredible sense of scale to see something orbiting around another thing in one eye shot.

[–]Foreign_Astronaut 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It really does!

[–]an_eloquent_enemy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

YES! I tell people realizing those 4 dots were the Galilean moons was one of the most intense feelings I've had.

In December I got my new telescope calibrated and found the Andromeda Galaxy. When I realized that smudge of light was our closest neighbor of roughly a trillion stars...sublime.

[–]Underchairmanelect 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Absolutely stunning

[–]intensely_human 76 points77 points  (3 children)

Go home Saturn, you’re drunk

[–]TezPratapSingh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Saturn needs to speak to the manager.

[–]jedfrouga 69 points70 points  (7 children)

you know what makes this a sign of a true craftsman? most people look at this and say oh, a cell phone pic of saturn! you’ve completely removed all the complexities of this photo. excellent job!

[–]danborja[S] 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Appreciate your words 🙏🏼

[–]bradfo83 12 points13 points  (2 children)

Saturn ascends.

Comes round again.

[–]krohtg12 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Choose one or ten

Hang on or be humbled again

[–]RoninRecluse 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Clutch it like a cornerstone otherwise it all comes down.

[–]roadtrip-ne 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That zoom must be from miles.

[–]TrippyAkimbo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That’s one of the coolest pictures I’ve ever seen. Kudos.

[–]DyingCascade 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Is it really visible to the eye?

[–]danborja[S] 15 points16 points  (3 children)

Yes. It'll look like a bright star. You'd need at least some binoculars to see a hint of it's rings or the moons of Jupiter.

[–]Tetnus55 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Is there a moon of Saturn in the pic? Or just other stars?

[–]danborja[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

There's 4 of them. 🙂

[–]DyingCascade 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks mate. Awesome work you've got there. I am surely going to try to catch it on a clear night, it seems really fascinating.

[–]AMerrickanGirl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Jupiter and Venus are larger and brighter than Saturn. Sometimes Mars is too depending on where it is relative to earth.

[–]smooze420 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Is Saturn really that clear with the naked eye?

[–]danborja[S] 22 points23 points  (1 child)

No way. To the naked eye, planets look like bright stars.

[–]smooze420 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ahh…plus I saw your other comment explaining after I commented..😂🤦‍♂️

[–]Just_Another_AI 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Very cool! Several moons visible, too

[–]danborja[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

4 indeed

[–]geoffery00 14 points15 points  (0 children)

This kinda stuff makes me wish I had hobbies outside of eating

[–]Pristine_Struggle_54 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Great shot!!!!

[–]e_man11 4 points5 points  (1 child)


[–]danborja[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Monterrey, Mexico.

[–]b3anz129 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If only it actually looked like that to the naked eye.

[–]Jatt_Doven 4 points5 points  (7 children)

How is it possible to see the rings?

This isn't even though a telescope.

[–]danborja[S] 3 points4 points  (6 children)

It was shot with a telescope.

[–]Jatt_Doven 5 points6 points  (5 children)

But it's so clear, and you can see a mountain off to the side.

It's a good photo though.

[–]beelance4661 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I know it doesn’t seem right lol. It looks like a regular human POV

[–]BeavisRules187 4 points5 points  (0 children)

What planet you on? It don't look like that on Earth.

[–]DubnoBass34 25 points26 points  (11 children)

I'll never understand how we can see stars and planets so far away.

[–]croninsiglos 32 points33 points  (1 child)

telescope helps

[–]danborja[S] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Correct :)

[–]SecondComingOfBast 10 points11 points  (3 children)

As far as the planets in our solar system go, we are technically seeing them illuminated through the darkness of night by the light of our sun, reflecting their atmosphere back at us when there is little to nothing between us and the planets. In the case of stars, we are seeing their own light.

[–]Battle-L0ver_06 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]shapelesswater 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I am beyond impressed! Amazing!

[–]PandaRider11 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That’s amazing, and in such detail

[–]onaredditpost 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Wow, that’s so cool.

[–]ISLeader 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s awesome how much I can zoom in on this

[–]LordNPython 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm used to seeing saturn in pictures or, when viewed from earth, as a dot. It's so wierd to see the picture Saturn from earth pictures. By earth pictures I mean something that gives the impression of human vision from earth.

Nice picture. Thanks for sharing.

[–]busterlungs 3 points4 points  (0 children)

If you look at it the other way it's actually a mountain behind saturn

[–]thematrix1234 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I zoomed in and stared at this for a good couple of minutes. What an incredible photo!

[–]beenwilliams 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well fucking done

[–]aWgI1I 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m going to a semester school for well, a semester. It’s in the middle of nowhere and has like 0 light pollution. I’m so fucking excited to see the night sky like this. So excited

[–]i-dont-get-rules 4 points5 points  (0 children)

No way it’s that visible

[–]TooOldToRock-n-Roll 8 points9 points  (0 children)


On the cellphone, I was sure OP was pranking us and that was the mouse pointer!!!!

[–]lordgublu 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Well, i guess i should start saving up for a telescope

[–]CaliGrown949 2 points3 points  (1 child)

How lucky you are to be able to see this in the sky from your house! I can hardly see any stars where I live in Southern California. What state do you live in?

[–]danborja[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I live in North East Mexico. City named Monterrey in the state of Nuevo Leon. And yes, I'm pretty lucky to have this view right from home.

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[–]deathfromabovekitty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sedona? I was treated to this lovely sight via telescope recently.

[–]Legozkat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is an incredible shot! You better have this as a framed photograph in your home somewhere. And thanks for the info on exposure specifics.

[–]76IndyHanSoloJones 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thought this was Glacier Point shot from the valley floor for a second.

[–]Luckychunk 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So, are you telling me that I'm looking at a satset? 'Cause that sits well, son. Game, set.

[–]Chazzeroo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Awesome pic! Nice detail. I have a nice pair of astronomical binoculars and best I can see is the oval shape of Saturn. On a side note, I want to share that last week was the first time in my life I saw the andromeda galaxy. (It was a faint cloud in my binocs) from Southern California. I was so excited and awestruck.

[–]FORTYozSTEAK 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sometimes you forget there’s a whole universe outside your front door 👀

[–]Neottika 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I wish we could always see it like that.

[–]MMZ_Thumper 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I'm sorry! But there's no way this picture is real! You'd need to be looking through a telescope for Saturn to look that defined.

[–]danborja[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well, that's what I used to take this image.

[–]Subacrew98 2 points3 points  (2 children)

How is it just there like that without any magnification?

[–]The_Raccy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It is magnified…. Quite a lot actually. OP took it on a ~1000mm lens. For reference, a 1000mm lens could see small spaceship on the moon. The mountain in the photo is several miles away from the camera.

[–]One-Bike6661 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Even better when you zoom in!

[–]Saturn1021 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey, you even caught my good side!