The night of the July 29 was a lucky seeing night for a number of us across Australia. Luke on the west coast (Perth) posted some great images and Darryl (on the east side) captured another brilliant set. I live 180km to the south of Luke and for a brief moment I was able to join them.
I sat outside in the freezing cold (as all insane planetary imagers do) for about 3 hours experiencing OK but not fantastic seeing until the only cloud in the sky decided to pass overhead. I continued to record a RGB set thinking it was a waste of time, the Histogram moving around like a heart monitor. It wasn’t until I processed the images later that it became clear that cloud did me a big favour. The cloud affected image was the sharpest of the whole evening. AS!3 did an amazing effort in pulling this image out of what appeared to be a mess.
Anyway, enough of the waffle, attached is the image in question. I have slightly over processed this image in an attempt to bring out more of the detail inside the GRS and Oval BA. The spikey things near the Oval BA are still predominantly sticking up (no awards for technical terms here) and being influenced by the GRS.
Thanks for looking and for all those who sit out in the freezing night air praying for some steady sky, a friendly cloud is sure to pass your way soon.