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Jupiter in very good seeing: 10-17-2012

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#1 BKBrown

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:54 AM

We had very good conditions this morning although I had to keep adjusting my collection settings due to moving banks of water vapor and thin clouds. I managed to get four RGB sets w/ IR685, and 25 OSC images w/ the DBK21AU618. Some of the data looks pretty amazing for our area, here is an example of one of the OSC shots taken at 07-50-33 UT. I won't get to process the mono cam take until after work today and will have to post anything cool later.

Clear Skies,
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#2 Kokatha man

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:52 AM

That looks very nice indeed Brian - looking forward to seeing what else you managed..! :waytogo:

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:35 AM

Very very nice. I was up in NJ doing the same thing. It was a good night for imaging :jump:

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:10 AM

Nice image!

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:27 AM

I think this is your best image to date Brian! I was out there with you about 60 miles to the north in Baltimore and fully share in your concern about the moving banks of water vapor and thin clouds, heck the humidity was up there at 87%! I was just glad that the temps didn't fall another 4 degrees to the point where they matched the dew point, we had enough to deal with in keeping pace with the rapidly changing transparency issues. I'm just now processing my SER files from around 2:30 AM, lots of fun; looking forward to your monochrome cam data later on today!

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:51 AM

Brian, gorgeous shot! Moon detail is very impressive. Thanks for posting

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:44 PM

Love the detail you captured in the moons. Is that Ganymede? Fantastic imagery

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:49 PM

Very nice! We had good conditions down here in central NC as well... except for the cloud cover that is....

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 12:53 PM

Nice work, Brian!

I debated getting up this morning, but the debate got pretty testy and almost came to blows, so I stayed in bed just to be safe. I can't imagine what would have happened if I was actually debating with another person.

Wayne

p.s. what really happened was that I stayed up to watch the end of the ball game after watching the "debate" and had an early meeting this morning. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we get another chance soon!

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:22 PM

Nice work, Brian. I'm really surprised you got clear skies. I saw clouds coming in last night, so decided not to get up, and the satellite images I saw this morning seemed to confirm that we were socked in until dawn. You are smarter than a satellite!

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:50 PM

Excellent image and lots of detail!

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:25 PM

Thanks Darryl...I'm working the RGB data now. I am having the hardest time trying to get rid of violet tones in the zone areas, I might go ahead and post one for discussion.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:43 PM

Thanks everyone for your very kind comments, glad I decided to have a go instead of staying in bed :grin: The seeing turned out to be far better than expected and I knew I was in for a great ride when Jupiter popped up on the screen. Just happy to have been in the right place at the right time…
Pete – very challenging (and strange!) atmospheric conditions …you know what I mean
Steve – the moons are Callisto (top) and Ganymede (bottom)
Wayne – I stayed up for the debate/scrum as well, but caught a nap afterwards…it was still tough to drag myself outside
Kevin – I made notes on the weather conditions and WILL be looking for them in the future, even if things don’t look too promising…I hate missing good imaging opportunities

Clear Skies,
Brian

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:37 AM

Superb image Brian! Love your processing.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:03 AM

Excellent work Brian, heaps of well resolved detail.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:39 PM

Very nice Brian! Seeing does surprise us from time to time, exceeding expectations. Well done!

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:31 PM

Thanks S.C., Trevor, and Glenn; it's nice to have a run of good seeing after the almost six month dry spell the first half of the year. On another note, Trevor and some of the other folks here really demonstrated the value of the IR filters, particularly at 685nm. I just got one and the 17th was my first opportunity to try it out. Here is one of the IR images I took that morning, all of my RGBs (which I am struggling with a bit, sorry for the delay) are combined with this IR filter. Back to the processing, I still owe some ya'll some images...

Clear Skies,
Brian

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:15 PM

Excellent images there Brian! Nice job!

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:03 PM

Very nice Brian. Details on the Moons and everything.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:37 PM

All around well done imaging Brian! Always look forward to having moons in the picture!

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:43 PM

Superb image, and great detail on the moons too!

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:35 PM

Sorry it took me so long to get back with an RGB-IR image (RGB-IR1 from 10-17-2012 07-30-00 UT), I have been struggling with the processing. I cannot seem to do anything about the violet shade, and I think the only way to capture the satellite detail from my first image is to process the moons separately...maybe a bit later. I am open to suggestions and critiques, still being relatively new to the mono cam and filter game I appreciate any kind of constructive feed back. Thanks!

Clear Skies,
Brian

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:39 PM

Thanks James, moxican, Frank, and John! Still trying to figure out the violet tone thing, nobody has chimed in on that. One thing I noticed trying different processing routines with RGB and RGB-IR stacks - the color is much subdued when I don't use the IR image, but the detail really drops off, not a good trade off in my book...

Clear Skies,
Brian

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 08:41 PM

Brian, in the matter of the violet shade if you use Astra Image to combine the R, G, and B TIFF files you can select 80% or 90% intensity for the B channel to balance the colors a little better. What advantages do you find for the IR685 pass filter over an IR742? I have the latter and am considering buying the former. Nice RGB image with the monochrome cam!

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 05:04 PM

Hi Pete. I think the jury is out on the cost/benefits of the 685nm filter at this point, I need more time to work with it and do direct imaging comparisons...so more on that later. I did manage to mitigate the violet tones a bit in processing by manipulating the intensity of different channels, and the moons look ok. I think I'll let it ride with this image for now...

Clear Skies,
Brian

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