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Jupiter with Io and Europa – May 20, 2017

This is from another video I captured on May 20, 2017 showing Jupiter and two moon, Io and Europa. The original video capture was 10,000 frames over 3-minutes. I only processed the first 1-minute of the video stream (about 3,500 frames) for this image. Three minutes is simply too long unless you derotate the video images (from Jupiter rotating during the capture).

The next step is to refine the capture process to maximize the frames per second (fps) for a 1-minute video.

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

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

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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