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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.

…Tom

Active Region (AR) 2665 – July 16, 2017

False color image of active region (AR) 2665 from July 16, 2017 a quick view before it slips around to the other side of the sun.  

Tech Specs: Celestron C6-A SCT, black polymer filter sheet made by Thousand Oaks Optical, iOptron ZEQ25GT mount. Best 2500 frames of 5000 frames captured using an ZWO ASI290MC, AutoStakkert! V3.0.14 (x64), FireCapture v2.5.10 x64 and Registax v6. Photographed on July 16, 2017 (late afternoon) from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Check out this NASA video showing this active region rotating into view. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasas-sdo-watches-a-sunspot-turn-toward-earth

…Tom

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

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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