January 20, 2014 on 11:14 pm | In Jupiter, Planets | Comments Off

The last image of a series capturing Jupiter during an Io transit showing also the GRS.  The purpose of the session was to capture enough data (32GB) to spend some time, whenever I can find it, to experiment with detrotation of the images/avis  in the processing cycle.  This image was processed the convential way without derotation.

January 4, 2014 on 11:57 am | In Jupiter, Planets | Comments Off

It was cold this morning to image the Sun at freezing temps, but tonight it was worse imaging Jupiter and to top it off, the AVIs of my RGB runs were recorded in the wrong format.  Except the last set when I changed the ROI.  Here an RGB composite of Jupiter of the evening of January 3rd.  Transparency was good, seeing OK.  Stacked 900 out of 2000 in AS2 and sharpened in Registax6.  Color combine and final processing in PS CS5.

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November 28, 2013 on 3:55 pm | In Jupiter, Planets | Comments Off

Thanksgiving morning.  It was the coldest morning thus far with 19 degrees but the sky seemed clear.  However the seeing was far from good.  However, since I got up I made a few runs.  Here the best one with the GRS.  Can’t wait for conditions to change.

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November 19, 2013 on 10:14 am | In Jupiter, Planets | Comments Off

Got up early this morning to attempt to image ISON.  However did not see the comet.  It was probably still in the trees behind my neighbor’s house.  So instead, I started imaging Jupiter.  Here another Jupiter IRGB image in less than average seeing.

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November 2, 2013 on 10:56 am | In Jupiter, Planets | Comments Off

Had time Saturday morning to image Jupiter.  Transparency was OK but seeing was not very good.  Here the best run with Io approaching Jupiter and its shadow just touching “Following”  limb, while the GRS is ready to leave the planetary disk.

October 21, 2013 on 4:35 pm | In Jupiter, Planets | Comments Off

Got up early this morning and was able to make few capture runs before the clouds got too much in the way.  Here the best of them, still with seeing and transparency not good at all.  The moon is Ganymede and the GRS is just moving off the planetary disk on the left.

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October 6, 2013 on 10:31 am | In Jupiter, Planets | Comments Off

It was supposed to rain and storm, but when I woke up at 5:00 the sky was clear.  So another opportunity to gain some experience with the ASI120MM imaging Jupiter.  Stability was not great but I am posting anyway what I got. I got reacquainted with Emiel Kraaikamp’s stacking software.  Wow, how that has come since the early beginnings.  Congratulations Emiel!!   Two days in a row the GRS!!

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October 4, 2013 on 8:29 am | In Jupiter, Planets | Comments Off

It has almost been three years since I imaged Jupiter, but I wanted to give this a try again with the new ASI120MM camera.  A lot to learn!  My old process does not work anymore, so searching again for the best way to do it.  Not too bad for the first Jupiter  image with this new camera  in this new apparition.

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September 8, 2013 on 9:37 pm | In Moon, Planets, Venus | Comments Off

Tonight we had the close conjunction of Venus and the Moon.  I started my imaging way before it got dark, but felt that something was missing, until I saw a very bright contrail coming from the right and heading for the conjunction.  All other planes had turned to Hartsfield Airport way before they came to the conjunction, but this one was passing over Atlanta and was heading right for it.  By the time it got there, it lost a lot of its brightness, but still a cool image.

     

May 31, 2013 on 10:24 pm | In Jupiter, Planets, Venus | Comments Off

Three days of the Mercury, Venus and Jupiter conjunction taken from the Jon Wood Field at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center and the last image from Flint Hill elementary School, Oxford GA. 

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