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Small bore challenge: Jupiter w/ 6" or less

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#2226 Sassenach

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Posted 09 November 2020 - 03:22 AM

Hello all,

 

I took this at the weekend smile.gif

 

Setup was 6 inch f/5 Dob (Orion Starblast 6), iPhone 7S, Orion Steadpix EQ, TX x3 Barlow, ES55 6.5mm

Processed using PIPP, Autostakkert and Registax

 

I live in Munich city centre, so the light pollution and low altitude of the planets is always a challenge

 

Best,

 

Andrew

 

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#2227 adoute

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 08:12 AM

From a couple nights ago, getting harder to capture any detail this time of year, but the effort is still a lot of fun.

 

Jupiter & Calisto, 2020-11-19 23:15 UTC

 

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AWB Onesky, SV305 with 2x "shorty" barlow

 

 


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#2228 b34k

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Posted 21 November 2020 - 08:50 PM

I know its pretty late in the season to be imaging Jupiter, with it beginning to sink below 30 degrees by twilight. However, I still take a crack at it when I can!

 

I really liked this this one from Monday night, with Io's shadow prominently displayed on Jupiter's face.

 

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Skywatcher 150p Dob, GSO 2.5x Apo Barlow, Astromania ADC, QHY 462c, UV/IR Cut Filter


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#2229 jesco_t

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 05:07 AM

I know its pretty late in the season to be imaging Jupiter, with it beginning to sink below 30 degrees by twilight. However, I still take a crack at it when I can!

 

I really liked this this one from Monday night, with Io's shadow prominently displayed on Jupiter's face.

 

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Skywatcher 150p Dob, GSO 2.5x Apo Barlow, Astromania ADC, QHY 462c, UV/IR Cut Filter

Amazing image! Thank you for sharing this!

 

Did you hand-track it?


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#2230 b34k

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 10:53 AM

Amazing image! Thank you for sharing this!

 

Did you hand-track it?

Thank you!  Yes, my dob doesn't have any kind of mechanical tracking features, so I just have laptop in on had, dob in the other and just slowly push it along to keep Jupiter ceneterd in the ROI.


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#2231 Tallguy2682

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Posted 30 November 2020 - 11:41 AM

Is there anyway to image the great conjunction in December? Will Saturn and Jupiter be close enough to image together, at the same time? I realize this presents imaging issues as they are imaged at very different exposure settings, but are they even close enough to get into frame? What I have been reading online says they will be 1/5 the moons diameter apart, which seems to be close enough to image.



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Posted 30 November 2020 - 11:30 PM

Is there anyway to image the great conjunction in December? Will Saturn and Jupiter be close enough to image together, at the same time? I realize this presents imaging issues as they are imaged at very different exposure settings, but are they even close enough to get into frame? What I have been reading online says they will be 1/5 the moons diameter apart, which seems to be close enough to image.

Yes, depending upon your focal length and the format size of your camera both planets will definitely fit within one frame. I plan on using my 9.25" EdgeHD with a 0.7X reducer and an ASI183MM Pro camera to capture both planets and as many moons as possible.

 

The only real issue will be that both planets will be pretty low in the sky come late December, but here is how the framing will look with my EdgeHD on Dec. 20 at 5:50PM which is the time of nautical dusk (sky still not completely dark). At that time Jupiter will be just over 13 degrees above the horizon.

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#2233 Sassenach

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Posted 13 December 2020 - 09:33 AM

Taken with an Orion Starblast 6 inch f/5 and ASI462 :-)

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#2234 rnyboy

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Posted 20 December 2020 - 09:44 AM

Three 6SE Jupiter images at f/25 with a 385mc from the late-Jul/mid-Oct time frame.  The first one with the great red spot was my first Jupiter image taken before using a ZWO ADC and not knowing you could align the RGB in the stacking software.  The second is the previous image after doing a software RGB align.  The bottom image is a transit taken about six weeks later with the ADC.  The ADC really improved the RGB alignments so that moons don't look like vertically spread out rainbows and it removed the blue spread towards the top and red spread towards the bottom on the planets.  I really really wish I could have gotten Jupiter's great red spot with the ADC in place.  What a difference that would have made!  2022 should be "great" for that great red spot!

 

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Posted 21 December 2020 - 10:55 PM

It’s been mostly cloudy here during the early evenings for the last few weeks.  I got the chance on 12/19/2020 to get Jupiter and Saturn in the same image frame using a 0.5 focal reducer, but the captured and stacked images looked poor.  It was very windy.  Today was conjunction day 2020 for Jupiter and Saturn, and it was snowing and windy most of the day.  The clouds parted at about 4:45pm.  I first observed Jupiter and Saturn visually with a 10mm eyepiece.  The image posted is the closest in time to the eyepiece view, and the highest elevation.  I will try to recover the moons of Jupiter and Saturn with more processing.  That less than one hour of time this evening was a memorable experience.  Thanks for taking the time to view this post.  From northcentral Minnesota.

 

Celestron C90 (F11), prime focus, IR cut filter, ZWO ASI224MC, SharpCapPro3.2, AutoStakkert!3

 

Image capture starting at 23:34.01UT on 12/21/2020, 1304x976, RAW8, used ROI box around Jupiter for histogram (about 70%), stacked 19% of 2473 frames

 

12/22/2020 Update:  After using RegiStax to change the minimal sharpening, I used GIMP to brighten Io and Ganymede just enough to register.  Callisto and Europa also appear in the original capture file when working with RegiStax, but they're dim.  The attached image is the original submission from yesterday.

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#2236 ziggeman

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Posted 15 March 2021 - 03:53 AM

Its really inspirational to see all these excellent pictures of planets taken with pretty modest instruments and mounts. Sometimes not motorguided. Seems the key to success its not all about size but to be keen with clean optics, collimation, cooling, transparency and seeing. :)


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 05:52 PM

Its really inspirational to see all these excellent pictures of planets taken with pretty modest instruments and mounts. Sometimes not motorguided. Seems the key to success its not all about size but to be keen with clean optics, collimation, cooling, transparency and seeing. smile.gif

Very true. It really sets expectations on what will be visible to photograph / see. When I first started about a year ago I was not sure what to expect with my 6SE and this forum helped to really encourage me to buy it and then start taking images and viewing things that I never would have thought possible with the scope. It is truly amazing what a medium price point scope can see.


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#2238 BKBrown

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Posted 15 March 2021 - 07:01 PM

Its really inspirational to see all these excellent pictures of planets taken with pretty modest instruments and mounts. Sometimes not motorguided. Seems the key to success its not all about size but to be keen with clean optics, collimation, cooling, transparency and seeing. smile.gif

Welcome aboard ziggeman! Great observations, and I think you get what we are trying to do here. All of those factors you cite are important, seeing is generally the most critical. You don't have to have large scopes to get satisfying images...that is what we are all about smile.png

 

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Posted 15 March 2021 - 07:51 PM

I'm also excited about the rising gas giants (for us in the north), and am looking forward to some great small-bore images this year.  I might even dust off my Nexstar 6SE one night and join in!

 

As for your comments, Brian, I think they're fair. We don't need that type of relentless negativity. I can't recall any images from this user - there may well have been some, but they've been overshadowed by their comments over the last few years. This is overwhelmingly a positive and supportive forum, and I totally support you striving to keep it that way!


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Posted 15 March 2021 - 08:07 PM

I'm also excited about the rising gas giants (for us in the north), and am looking forward to some great small-bore images this year.  I might even dust off my Nexstar 6SE one night and join in!

 

As for your comments, Brian, I think they're fair. We don't need that type of relentless negativity. I can't recall any images from this user - there may well have been some, but they've been overshadowed by their comments over the last few years. This is overwhelmingly a positive and supportive forum, and I totally support you striving to keep it that way!

Thanks! And we do have a great year ahead of us; I hope we will all keep our eye on the ball and do some terrific imaging. I will be establishing my new observatory in central Virginia under Bortle 3ish skies later this spring. Can't wait to have access to my gear in one place again and finally stop feeling like the Flying Dutchman smile.png During my semi-hiatus I retired and now look forward to concentrating on living the country life, fly fishing, and astronomy pursuits. Talk to y'all soon...

 

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