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JOhn

Comanche Springs Star Party

Comanche Springs Star Party
Doin' my thang at the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus (where I often become a "red ghost")

Dallas Sky

Rancho Venado Sky

Atoka Sky

Camanche Springs Sky

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Jupiter

Back in town after a few days in Vegas (where I took lots of photos of OTHER heavenly bodies at the 2008 Exotic World Burlesque show -- yahoo!)

I am still processing the data from my recent trip a week ago to the ranch. I just finished my first image of Jupiter. I did not catch the famous Red Spot, but I did get the moons: Io, Ganymede, and Europa.
Here is a closer look at the Jovian Giant. Many of the bands are clearly visible.
These images were taken with a simple webcam and a Powermate 2X magnifier through my CPC 800. Approximately 400 frames from the resulting AVI were registered and stacked in the Registax program (a very cool FREE application)!
I hope to make more/better images of Jupiter and capture the Red Spot, along with some transiting moons.

2 comments:

Bob Eggleton (Zillabob) said...

Amazing. I'm contemplating a painting of Jupiter. I love the softness of this, despite it's the fact of the distance. And did you see Jupiter has a new red spot so now, there are three in the same general area. Truly an amazing planet when you think about it. It's an "almost sun".

I am JOhn said...

Yeah, I really want to try to capture the red spot and transitting moons (they cast a small round shadow that is clearly visisble during a transit -- very dimensional).

You're right! It is indeed a Sun wannabe.