Flintstone Stargazing

September 16, 2007

Clouds on Jupiter

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Jupiter, Observation Journal, Planets — Tags: — Ed @ 11:59 pm

Jupiter on 9/16/07

After getting an image of Jupiter last night that had some tantilizing suggestion of details, I decided to see what I could get this evening. The result is above. I really worked with levels in photoshop on this one and stacked the image to try to draw out details. It sure looks like I’ve got some cloud structure on this image, but it could also be just random noise that I’ve caused to show up by messing with things. That said, it really does look about right for Jupiter. I’ll need to see if anyone else got a shot of Jupiter around the same time with a better telescope to see if I’m crazy or not.



  1. It looks like you had a really active night of viewing. Really nice stuff!

    Comment by Phil — September 17, 2007 @ 10:50 am

  2. I did and was only out for about 2 and a half hours. It was really the first time (other than the lunar eclipse) that I had a plan for what I wanted to view and followed it. That actually worked really well. I used Starry Night to figure out what I wanted to view and then made a list and went about observing. Tonight (assuming it’s nice – we’re supposed to have good viewing most of the week), in addition to continuing my Messier hunt, I’m planning on trying to get Neptune, Uranus (again) and maybe Pluto. Also if there are no clouds in the west tonight (last night the western horizon was obscured), I’m going to try to get Mercury too. Anyway, having a plan really helped me get more done and enjoy it too.

    Comment by Ed — September 17, 2007 @ 11:25 am

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