Flintstone Stargazing

October 8, 2010

My best Jupiter ever!

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Jupiter, Observation Journal — Tags: , — Ed @ 1:44 am

Tonight was wonderful. I figured out my equipment issues, got my scope collimated, took a bunch of Comet Hartley images (which I’ll process tomorrow – it’s too late now…), took a bunch of M31-Andromeda Galaxy images (also tomorrow…) and then popped over to Jupiter. WOW! Through the eyepiece I was able to clearly make out the Great Red Spot, which I had never seen visually. I could not only see that, but I could make out striations in the clouds and a lot of detail. Seeing was great, the sky was transparent, the scope was well collimated and cooled down and Jupiter was high in the sky so I pushed the magnification (to somewhere north of 800X if my math is right) by adding the Barlow in there and yet once I achieved focus, I was able to get a great video which I turned into this image. It is without a doubt my best Jupiter image ever. I love my new Philips SPC900NC webcam.


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