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#1 Mike Phillips

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 03:18 PM

Since Paul Jones posted his shot I am also sharing mine to compare the local conditions variance. I had 4.5/5 seeing for most of the time from 0930 - 1045UTC on 20121025. The really neat thing is that I didn't notice Europa onscreen, live display until it neared exit of the disk. I was nearly blending into the disk of Jupiter then it grew VERY bright and contrasty. Perhaps moving from center of transit near the brightness of the center of the disk towards the dark limb?

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PS, this is a rough 1st pass at processing, my scope is only 1.5years old and this is only my 2nd Jupiter opposition, and working with good data is rare! :)

PPS, I wrote some scripts to batch stack in AS2 and batch sharpen in AstraImage, part of my one script to rule them all, v10 processing routine. It's working well so far!

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 03:20 PM

Beautiful! Nice job on Europa - it looks just right.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:05 PM

Looks great Mike, Europa literally melts into the central region of Jupiter; I think you're right about the brightness of Jupiter in the central transit region reducing the contrast between the moon and the planet.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:28 PM

Wow excellent data is an understatement..

#5 Mike Phillips

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 10:29 PM

Animation! http://youtu.be/a34edyz4bvU

So I figured out a nice way to script the animation! I touched this set of 14 rgb captures VERY minimally during the day today. From this AM, processed automatically and gtk-recordmydesktop using a sikuli script to move the static tiff images at a set pattern of slow and faster loops. w00ts!

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:10 PM

Wow the animation look much better then the single frame Mike ! Job well done !

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:39 AM

Beautiful animation, Mike.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:16 AM

Nice Mike.
I tried to catch that but my scope was so far out of collimation that all I saw was a fuzzy blob... For Jupiter. Hoping I had better luck this morning before the clouds rolled in.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

Very good the animation, good job

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:26 PM

Thanks! Here's the 'final' image. It was a wonderful morning.

Thanks for the comments.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 02:19 AM

Outstanding! Likely to be in your 'best of' category. Well done Mike!

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 09:12 AM

Very nice detail, and the processing looks very realistic!

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

Terrific job across the board Mike :grin: The animation looks super, I really like the way the moon kind of "emerges" in the scene...quite a treat!

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 01:53 PM

Re-process is a stunner! One of the best this year!

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 07:07 PM

Great shot Mike!! Definitely your smoothest processing I've seen. Very nice detail and color....and Europa looks 3d out in front of the globe. Unfortunately I was too close to the cold front out here to get any of that seeing.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:54 PM

Thanks guys! I noticed that Europa moved with respect to the clouds "just enough" to disappear when derotated. I picked the single frame-stack nearest to the derotated final and circled the moon and layered it on top. How does everyone else handle transits of moons and shadows when derotating?

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 08:57 PM

Just an all around excellent image Mike!

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 11:17 PM

superb ! great result and process Mike :)

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 01:38 AM

Really nice Mike, especially like your final image.

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