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Helio C. Vital
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Equipment Details:

I used a Nikon CoolPix P900 camera to take the shot. No telescope was attached to the camera.

Post-processing Details:

I then used the PhotoScape freeware to process the photo. By applying its backlight correction, I could brighten the dimmer Saturn relatively to the brighter surface of the moon. As a result, I could make Saturn visible, while preventing the image of the moon from becoming saturated.

Although distorted in its light distribution, the image is very interesting and informative.

Image Details:

Here is the best image I got from the moon-Saturn conjunction.

It was taken at 00:16 (UTC-3h) on June 19, 2019, when Saturn was 3490.2 times more distant from the Earth than the moon. The centers of Saturn and the moon were only 25.8 arcminutes apart.