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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.

…Tom

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.

…Tom

Jupiter on April 8, 2017

Still learning the fine process of planetary imaging, here is an image of Jupiter from April 8, 2017 while it was still low in the eastern sky. Some of the major belts identified for you. On a side note I learned that the cloud belts are not always present and they do change in width over time.

Tech Specs: Meade LX90 12” telescope, ASI290MC camera, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, AutoStakkert! V2.3.0.21, Registax v6, and Adobe Lightroom.

…Tom

The Planet Venus on January 25, 2017

Here is a view of the planet Venus taken on January 25, 2017, now at 43% full and it will be progressively getting narrower and larger over the next few weeks.

Tech Specs: Meade LX90 12” Telescope, ZWO ASI290MC camera at prime focus, best 2,000 frames of 10,000 frames sampled. Taken from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Software included SharpCap 2.9, Registax, and Adobe Lightroom.

…Tom

A View of Venus at 57% Full on January 1, 2017

Here is a view of the planet Venus taken on January 1, 2017, now at 57% full and it will be progressively getting narrower over the next few weeks.

Tech Specs: Meade LX90 12” Telescope, ZWO ASI290MC camera at prime focus, best 1000 frames of 5000 frames sampled. Taken from Weatherly, Pennsylvania. Software included SharpCap 2.9, Registax, and Adobe Lightroom.

Below are the captured setting from the ASI290MC:

[ZWO ASI290MC]
Pan=456
Tilt=164
Output Format=AVI files (*.avi)
Binning=1
Capture Area=1024×768
Colour Space=MONO8
Temperature=14.8
High Speed Mode=Off
Turbo USB=100(Auto)
Flip=None
Frame Rate Limit=Maximum
Gain=85
Exposure=0.00058
Timestamp Frames=Off
White Bal (B)=63(Auto)
White Bal (R)=47(Auto)
Brightness=49
Gamma=63
Auto Exp Max Gain=300
Auto Exp Max Exp=30
Auto Exp Max Brightness=128
Mono Bin=Off
Subtract Dark=None
Display Brightness=1
Display Contrast=1
Display Gamma=1

…Tom

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