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#1 Lacaille

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 10:56 PM

Somewhat better seeing and a focus on collimation gave me somewhat better results yesterday, in the small hours at Canberra.

 

Here is Mars (S to top) at 1702 UTC 7 March (apologies,  I dated the pics wrongly - it was the 7th, not the 6th, but I cannot change the title) - clouds in the SW on Hellas, and I think in the N. Hemisphere over Utopia:

 

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Jupiter (S to top) showing the storm in the S Hemisphere - white cloud band ahead and trubulence behind;

 

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Then the Red Spot - in less good seeing:

 

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And lastly, I can never resist finishing off with Saturn, even though it is still too low for high quality work perhaps:

 

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:23 PM

Very nice Mark! waytogo.gif waytogo.gif waytogo.gif

 

There's a lot of fine detail in your Jovian images tbh - I suspect that like us (& countless other planetary imagers) we're all just waiting for the seeing to make that jump to "very good" to really ice Jove's face! ;) :lol:


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:41 PM

Very good detail of the three planets. Looking forward when each one gets closer to
opposition this year.
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:41 PM

Thanks Daryl - I had been getting worried that, in graduating from an 8SE to a C11, I had suffered a loss of touch, but these were quite encouraging. Your words on CN about crap seeing had provided some comfort, but still....it is nice to see some detail again, instead of a succession of Jupiters that reminded me of the stripy mint humbugs of my youth!

 

BTW, I had the Moon very close to Jupiter for these, and had the sense that the colours got a bit washed out by it - is that possible?



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 11:52 PM

..possible I suppose but I really don't think it maks any real difference Mark - Pat raised some questions for the Joves we captured just before the Mars we posted, but we've successfully imaged Uranus & Neptune where you'd imagine the contrast variations would be much more vulnerable - again, I don't really know. confused1.gif


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 11:58 PM

Good images, well done. 


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Posted 10 March 2018 - 03:05 AM

Nice images there Mark.

Good seeing makes a big difference.

 

Cheers

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 06:24 AM

nice images i wish i had that kind of seeing


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#9 Lacaille

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 07:15 PM

Thanks!  Mind you, this was the result of an all-nighter - quite short periods of decent seeing in amongst a lot of mediocre periods. I took a lot of footage to get this.  I was pretty much a waste of space during the following day!



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Posted 11 March 2018 - 09:31 PM

Im starting to hate all nighters. wouldn't mind them so much if i was financially secured and didn't have to worry about money and i had full time health care for my mom. last all nighter i went to sleep before she woke up and she didn't take her meds not at least till i woke up later and gave her them. bad weather the next two days hopfully i'l get out tuesday morning but tomorrow there calling for thunderstormity weather. nice images btw.My geography is not all that great where exactly is Canberra Strasbourg ? your name sounds french. my mother is french im just a stupid american redneck lol



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Posted 11 March 2018 - 10:43 PM

Hi Monsieur le Ferret!

 

Yes, the all-nighters are tough, but I am retired so I can have siestas etc to recover. I am not French but live part of the time in France - in Strasbourg, and part in Australia - in Canberra.  (I chose the name because the original Lacaille was a French astronomer who did a lot of great Southern Hemisphere work).

 

Hope you can get out later this week - you have been doing good work!

 

Mark




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