Category Archives: Astrophotography

Imaging Jupiter on May 20, 2017

My Meade telescope was setup in the driveway imaging Jupiter (brightest object in the background) on the evening of May 20, 2017 and I took the opportunity to capture a wide-field view.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D and Lensbaby Circular Fisheye 5.8mm f/3.5 lens, tripod mounted, 13 second exposure at ISO 3200, f/3.5 and 5.8mm. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Photographed on May 20, 2017.

…Tom

Morning Crescent Moon – May 23, 2017

I captured this view of the thin morning crescent moon on the way to work this morning, making a quick stop in Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania. The morning colors were just peeking, Venus was higher up but behind the clouds.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, 1/125 second exposure at ISO 800, f/4 and 160mm. Location: Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania. Photographed on May 23, 2017 at 05:25 AM local time.

…Tom

Bootes, Arcturus and a Meteor

A shot of the constellation Bootes and the bright star Arcturus rising above the treeline in my backyard on May 20, 2017 – a small meteor can be seen in the top part of the frame, lucky capture for a 20-second exposure.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D and Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, tripod mounted, 20 second exposures at ISO 3200, f/4 and 17mm. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Photographed on May 20, 2017.

…Tom

Jupiter – May 20, 2017

Here is a view of Jupiter from last evening, May 20, 2017 seeing was better than I thought although there were some high thin clouds. This is a compiled image of 10,000 collected images. You can see “Red Spot Jr.” in the lower right section of Jupiter.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX-90 telescope, ASI290MC camera, Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Software included: FireCapture v2.5.10 x64, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), Registax v6 and Adobe Lightroom. Date: May 20, 2017.  Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

…Tom

FireCapture v2.5 Settings
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Observer=Tom Wildoner
Scope=Meade 12″ LX90
Camera=ZWO ASI290MC
Filter=RGB
Profile=Jupiter
Diameter=41.82″
Magnitude=-2.31
CMI=71.0° CMII=200.2° CMIII=330.8° (during mid of capture)
FocalLength=2750mm
Resolution=0.22″
Filename=Jup_213222.avi
Date=200517
Start=213051.306
Mid=213222.564
End=213353.823
Start(UT)=013051.306
Mid(UT)=013222.564
End(UT)=013353.823
Duration=182.517s
Date_format=ddMMyy
Time_format=HHmmss
LT=UT -5h
Frames captured=10000
File type=AVI
Extended AVI mode=true
Compressed AVI=false
Binning=no
ROI=800×600
ROI(Offset)=568×304
FPS (avg.)=54
Shutter=18.25ms
Gain=123 (20%)
Brightness=172
USBTraffic=100
WRed=55
AutoHisto=75
HighSpeed=off
WBlue=90
Gamma=9
SoftwareGain=10 (off)
AutoExposure=off
Histogramm(min)=0
Histogramm(max)=186
Histogramm=72%
Noise(avg.deviation)=n/a
Limit=10000 Frames
Sensor temperature=20.4 °C

Jupiter – May 10, 2017

Here is a view of Jupiter from last evening, May 10, 2017 under less than favorable conditions. This is my first attempt at using the ASI camera along with a Televue 2.5x Powermate. The process looks promising if I get a night of good seeing.  I also need to do a better alignment job to capture more than 2,500 frames of data. With this magnification, my framerate has dropped down to less than 40 fps.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX-90 telescope, ASI290MC camera, Televue 2.5x Powermate, Celestron CGEM-DX mount. Software included: FireCapture v2.5.10 x64, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), Registax v6 and Adobe Lightroom. Date: May 10, 2017.  Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Here is my FireCapture log file showing the settings:

FireCapture v2.5 Settings
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Observer=Tom Wildoner
Scope=Meade 12″ LX90
Camera=ZWO ASI290MC
Filter=RGB
Profile=Jupiter
Diameter=42.74″
Magnitude=-2.37
CMI=284.9° CMII=130.5° CMIII=258.5° (during mid of capture)
FocalLength=7150mm
Resolution=0.08″
Filename=Jup_212110.avi
Date=100517
Start=212026.038
Mid=212110.870
End=212155.703
Start(UT)=012026.038
Mid(UT)=012110.870
End(UT)=012155.703
Duration=89.665s
Date_format=ddMMyy
Time_format=HHmmss
LT=UT -5h
Frames captured=2573
File type=AVI
Extended AVI mode=true
Compressed AVI=false
Binning=no
ROI=1200×800
ROI(Offset)=568×152
FPS (avg.)=28
Shutter=34.81ms
Gain=341 (56%)
Gamma=6
HighSpeed=off
SoftwareGain=10 (off)
AutoHisto=75
WRed=55
Brightness=172
WBlue=90
USBTraffic=100
AutoExposure=off
Histogramm(min)=0
Histogramm(max)=193
Histogramm=75%
Noise(avg.deviation)=n/a
Limit=10000 Frames
Sensor temperature=18.9 °C

…Tom

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