Astronomy Jan 21, 2013

Jupiter and the Moon were doing a dance together and while I’d taken an early picture of them together, my sister asked if I was going to get another shot at their closest approach.  Well, of course. 😉

While outside I took the time to pull the scope out into the driveway and attempt a few shots of M42.  Came away with one halfway decent shot taken at ISO 1600 for 30 seconds.

Watch Jupiter Rotate

This is an excellent movie of Jupiter going through a full rotation as the New Horizons spacecraft flew by it in 2007.

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Recent astro shots

Here are some recent photos taken with my Celestron C8 and new CG-5 mount. The photos aren’t all that great but I wanted to post about them anyway. It’s been cloudy the last week and I’m going through astronomy withdrawal.

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400 years of Jupiter’s moons

I forgot to post about this yesterday, which was the 400th anniversay of the discovery by Galileo of Jupiter’s moons Europa, Callisto and Io. Yeah Galileo!

Go out and look at Jupiter tonight through at least some binoculars. You’ll see a larger bright dot with smaller dots nearby. Today the average person has much better optics than Galileo had. Go look!

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Jupiter Nov 4, 2009

The seeing wasn’t good on the 4th but I did manage to get a shot of Io casting a shadow on Jupiter. This is the best 839 frames out of about 2000 taken with my camcorder and stacked with registax.


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Astro shots Nov 1, 2009

Got a few good shots using the camcorder. It does really well on the moon but not as good as the Canon SD750 for Jupiter. Still, fun to play with.




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Jupiter Aug 30, 2009

This was from the best 314 images out of 800 taken with a Canon SD750 in video mode @ 640×480

The seeing was so-so and the GEM wasn’t fully aligned. Got this just before the clouds rolled in this morning.


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Really cool movie of Jupiter

This is from NASA via Tom’s Astronomy Blog

Look carefully and you’ll see moons and moon shadows zip by along the meridian with the Great Red Spot roiling just below center. Follow the link for more info.

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Jupiter with shadows

At Frisco Starfest on Aug 8 we were treated to fairly decent views of Jupiter. The clearest I’ve seen yet, due to the fact there aren’t any heat-releasing houses surrounding the scope.

I thought that there were two moon shadows but it turns out that Callisto is dark enough relative to Jupiter that I could see it along with the shadow it was casting onto Jupiter.


Callisto is the lighter dot toward the center of Jupiter and its shadow is to the right of that.

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