You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Archive for the 'Saturnati' Category

Saturnati XXXI

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Okay, so it is not totally real. An IR filter was added to the normal RGB files to exaggerate the clouds. Also made the rings appear red. But we couldn’t find a version of this image without the added filter. So — it is about 80% true color. Seen on The Planetary Society image library by Judy Schmidt.

Saturnati XXX

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

A fine, fine portrait of Saturn for #30! Created by Ian Regan. There is also an amazing “enhanced” version of the same image going around on Twitter.

Saturnati XXIX

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Not sure how I missed this one. From a long while back on Gordan Ugarkovic’s Flickr feed.

Saturnati XXIIX

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

In the words of Gordan Ugarkovic, the unchallenged freelance imager of our time — “On October 10th, Cassini wide-angle camera captured a set of 12 RGB footprints covering Saturn and the rings. Here’s an attempt at compositing that data into a mosaic. It’s not geometrically accurate, but I tried coaxing the data into at least looking nice”.

Saturnati XXVII

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Saturnati XXVI

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Another from Ian Regan.

Saturnati XXV

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Another from Gordan Ugarkovic.

Saturnati XXIV

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

This is the best image of the mission with Saturn and Titan together in one shot.

Saturnati XXIII

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Image by Gordan Ugarkovic.

Saturnati XXII

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Emily Lakdawalla recently posted some images from the Cassini raw image database and I noticed that she had posted 2 similar images taken the same day. One had Saturn’s disc over exposed and the other had Saturn exposed much better with the rings too dark and lacking detail. These crescent images often make it difficult for Cassini’s cameras to get a single exposure with both elements with proper exposure because Saturn’s disk is so much brighter than the back-lit rings.

So i retrieved the images from the same day, recompiled them, did a little manual color balancing based on one of Gordan Ugarkovic’s recent crescent Saturn images and finally merged the two elements together. So, in reality the rings were taken at a slightly different time than Saturn’s disc was. However, since Cassini takes it’s color images one filter at a time (red, green and then blue), that is really true of any color image compiled from the mission database.

Also visible in the image is a small crescent Tethys and Titan’s shadow on the cloud tops.

Saturnati XXI

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Another by Gordan Ugarkovic.

Saturnati XX

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Saturn in near infrared filter. Taken late March 2009.

Saturnati XIX

Friday, November 28th, 2008

By the way… this is still the best Saturn image ever rendered.

Saturnati XVIII

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

Dark Side of the Gas Giant

Another Ugarkovic Beauty. Visible in the image are also Enceladus, Epimetheus and Mimas.

Saturnati XVII

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Saturnati XVII