Category Jupiter

Dance of the Planets

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Subjects: Jupiter, Mercury, Venus
Technique: 1/6 seconds at 800 iso, f/5.6

During the next few days we have the chance to observed the “Dance of the Planets” in the early western sky. In this image, you can see three “stars”. The top left is Jupiter, the bottom is Venus, and the right is Mercury.

Tonight’s weather didn’t allow for any spectacular images, but I’m hoping that the next few nights may be clear. Tomorrow night, the planets may even be close enough to fit into the objective with my camera in prime focus with my telescope.

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Second Try at Jupiter

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Subject: Jupiter
Telescope: Orion XT8i
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: ~600 frames stacked with Registax and post-processed with Photoshop.

Here is a second try at Jupiter. After learning a few techniques for increasing resolution and normalizing the color, I had to try again. Unfortunately, the planet was turned so I could not see the great red spot.

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A First Attempt at Astrophotography

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Subject: Jupiter and one Galilean moon
Telescope: Orion XT8i
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: ~1000 frames stacked with Registax and post-processed with Photoshop.

This was my first attempt at astrophotography. I was able to mitigate problems with atmospheric seeing by using my camera to take video and stacking the resulting frames. This was the result of about 1000 frames stacked and processed. I accidentally set my white balance to tungsten when taking the video so I had to play with the curves quite a bit in order to bring the color back out of the bands.

I was lucky enough to not only catch a glimpse of the great red spot, but also a moon. This tends to be very difficult in planetary astrophotography due to the brightness of planets...

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