Lights in the night, burning bright

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Look out your window to the east the next couple of mornings and you will see this spectacular planetary array .... three bright planets plus the moon! Pluto is in the area and Uranus is near the rising sun but you won't be able to see those. Mercury, also, is in the vicinity. This is a beautiful sight just before sunrise and I wanted to share the beauty with you.

The moon looks washed out because I had to overexpose it in order to get the dimmer planets in the picture. Also, I was shooting through a very light cloud cover over my back yard. :)

Jupiter - First pass

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I shot hundreds of thousands of frames of Jupiter tonight. This is the result of the first 800/3500 frame set, processed with Registax. This was shot using a Celestron Skyris camera on an 8" Meade LX200R, using a 2x tele-extender. Nothing spectacular, but passable....

Shadows on Jupiter

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Last night on Jupiter, there was a double transit, meaning that two of Jupiter's moons cast shadows on the planet. Those are always fun to photograph and as this was my first double transit, I took great care to set up the equipment just right so that I could capture the event. In this photo collage, you can see the moons (Io and Callisto) as they move across the Jovian surface. :)

04/09/2016 - The boring side of Jupiter

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here is an image of what is sometimes affectionately called "The Boring side of Jupiter."

As the planet rotates, many of its distinctive feature markings (such as the Great Red Spot) are sometimes turned away from Earth, so all we see is what you see here. Still beautiful, but lacking some of those iconic features we expect to see when viewing a picture of Jupiter.

Jupiter in better seeing - 04/01/2016

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here is tonight's effort with Jupiter. This time, I used the same equipment as last night (8" Meade LX200R and a Celestron Skyris 132M) but this time, I added in a Meade 2x Telextender for higher magnification.

Seeing was a bit better than last night, but the image was still quite jumpy. This is 65 percent of 1800 frames, stacked by Registax 6. FireCapture was used to capture the .avi.

Jupiter in fair seeing

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Tonight was my first-ever use of my new Celestron 132M camera. As my filter wheel has not yet arrived, I was limited to black and white exposures.

Here is my first stack and I'm pretty happy with it for my first time. Most of the battle was learning to use FireCapture, as I'd never used it before. This was a 60 second exposure through an 8" Meade LX200, stacked 50% of best frames.

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