As the title change says, I've put together a couple of those "boutique" animations of the Jupiter captures - the rgb one in the same post as the Jovian image in the post below this one...the red animation has to go further down the thread where I'll place it in a minute or so.
Well, Pattie often calls me a crabby old man, so possibly it's that aspect of my nature that is often dissatisfied with the images we capture..!
We went to Carrieton for a punt on clear skies & got them on the 20th (UT) but it turned bitterly cold by the time we'd finished & then a cold easterly sprung up which was getting right into our bones as we packed up yesterday morning...but it was good to go back to our old spot there & sit around campfires to cook our meals during the daylight, despite the weather.
We thought we'd capture Neptune also but by the time we got to it it was getting light & reminded me that with the scope in the position we set it up in that the lights from the little caravan park nearby caused havoc trying to find it in the finder - due to their visibility & distractive effect.
From adjusting the primary the night before - where we used the ASI462MC due to the cloudy skies forecast that night - & swinging the scope right round in both axes to work out the best setup I was horrified to see that the defocused star for collimating was the worst since the very first time I took the corrector off the old C11 many years ago before I learnt a thing or two.....the Poisson Point was hard against the outside of the outer diffraction ring making the star very comet-like & requiring massive secondary adjustments to collimate the scope.
A good thing ultimately however because I had to back one screw right off & thus gained a lot of movement in all 3 screws (or the wheels I have on them) where formerly all 3 screws were becoming very tight as they are wont to do over time & adjustments...
Pleased with these outcomes although dissatisfied because it is moving towards the pointy end of Saturn & Jove imaging & in comparison to the years before we're struggling to get what we hope for often - but still, beggars can't be choosers as they say!
We were out there from 2am till about 6am, spending a long time looking at rubbish Jovian images onscreen when I suggested to Pattie that we switch to Saturn which was itself way past culmination - hoping that possibly that part of the sky might be slightly better.
When we did I watched the feed for a couple of minutes & commented that it was just as bad as for Jupiter - but as much in desperation as anything else I started to convince myself it was at least worth an r-g-b sequence...
During the aforesaid sequence I said to Pattie that it wasn't really as bad as I'd thought...& by halfway through the blue said that it was actually quite decent..!
It was one of those occasions when seeing actually improves noticeably over a couple of minutes - we ran off 3 r-g-b sequence then, as the 3rd was possibly the best, we went back to Jove.
Clearly from Jove's detail the Saturn observation/conclusion was correct so we ran off a few sequences...this being a significant reason why we never got to Neptune also.
Anyway, here they are...still waiting to be able to employ 3x drizzle but reasonably satisfied despite that: Saturn surprised us with the detail & still actually grabbing some moons in the ROI used, this (because of the scope setup - & I won't go into the whys of that atm ) with Saturn on its side & the height of the ROI encompassing the ring system...& not much background "above" & "below."
With Jupiter some nice "wave" action in the northern belts, plus that string of oval storms in the south with the OvalBA - it & that northern oval showing some faint reddish/orange colouration still.
We drove 400km or so to Pt. Turton at the foot of Yorke Peninsula via Port Augusta yesterday after leaving Carrieton...the park is snuggled in an old overgrown quarry but the wild & woolly weather that has hit South Oz has made many spots in it still exposed to very gusty conditions - we've moved to a more sheltered spot here in the park & hope to stay a few more days until we head home...not likely to be much fishing however with the winds & rain forecast to continue.
Saturn first as it was the first planet captured - images need clicking on as the first Saturn is at 120% of capture scale & the next with the individual filter images is at capture scale...
Edited by Kokatha man, 23 June 2021 - 06:21 AM.