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Moon, Aldebaran, Capella and Venus – August 16, 2017

I captured this foggy view this morning, August 16, 2017, while driving through Hickory Run State Park here in Pennsylvania. Venus is low on the horizon, Aldebaran just to the upper right of the moon and Capella in the upper left.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM, tripod, ISO 800, 1 second exposure at f/4 and 17mm.


The Planet Saturn – July 31, 2017

The planet Saturn imaged on the evening of July 31, 2017 under below average conditions.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI290MC, Televue 2.5x Powermate, best 1000 of 2000 frames, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), FireCapture v2.5.10 x64 and Registax v6. Photographed on July 31, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.


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.


Jupiter and Spica – April 26, 2017

Beautiful Jupiter and Spica rising over my backyard trees which are still struggling to push out spring leaves. Captured last evening while I was imaging Jupiter with my Meade telescope.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, ISO 3200, 8 seconds, f/2.8, 70mm, tripod mounted. Date: April 26, 2017. Location: Weatherly, Pennsylvania.


Jupiter and the Galilean Moons – April 15, 2017

Here is a stacked image of Jupiter and the four Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto taken in the early hours of April 15, 2017. I used an Antares focal reducer on this image to fit the entire family in the frame and also my first go at using the software platform called FireCapture, much to learn.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, ASI290MC, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, FireCapture v2.5.10 x64, Planetary Imaging PreProcessor PIPP (v 2.5.3), Registax v6, Adobe Lightroom v6.


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