Well, I did manage to get some images of the triple moon transits on Jupiter. However, the seeing was so unbelievably unsteady that they are all really fuzzy.
I will try to clean them up some more and see if I can draw some more detail out of them. In the mean time, you can see what it was supposed to look like from the Hubble image above.
I do consider this a successful outing because I am probably the worst planetary imager of all time. This is actually the first time that I have gotten images of Jupiter this good. I experimented the day before with my setup, but found that I couldn’t use the planetary camera I purchased because I couldn’t get Jupiter on the chip. It’s a size thing. Being used to large format imaging chips has spoiled me because they are a lot more forgiving.
I have yet to capture the giant red spot, but I should hurry as it is shrinking away at about 580 miles per year. That means I only have a few decades to get a good image. Provided that it doesn’t suddenly start growing again.
But with this success, I learned a lot and I am determined to get some good images of as many planets as I can this year. Just like making it to Carnegie Hall, all it takes is practice.
– Ex astris, scientia –
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