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Post by avid.astronomer » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:01 am

Although we've had some cloudy days and nights, we haven't received any measurable amount of rain for weeks and temperatures have been hovering near 100° with heat indices of 110°-115°. This has made for some pretty poor seeing conditions, but the clear skies have been too tempting to ignore.

Last night, I set up the club's 20" to try to image Jupiter and Saturn again before they got too low in the sky. For fun, after I was set up, I aimed my infrared thermometer at my driveway: 93°. I pointed at zenith and got a reading of 49°. I guess that explains the shimmering view through the eyepiece (click image to view animation):

Despite that, the images stacked fairly nicely:

I was also able to get a cool picture of Jupiter and all of his royal court:

Thanks for looking!
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Post by bladekeeper » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:32 am

Good stuff, Tom! I especially like the 3rd image. It looks like Jupiter is cracking a moon whip! :D

So I guess I've been getting your share of the rain. Been raining almost daily for nearly two weeks here. Just now (as in a few minutes ago) got put under a severe thunderstorm warning. And Virgo isn't even in the night sky now! :lol:
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Post by Thefatkitty » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:20 am

Tom, your first image I clicked on; looks like my views lately; albeit a lot smaller... The second and third images, wow! Great color and focus, thanks for sharing that! :D

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Post by pakarinen » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:07 pm

Very nice.
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Post by Juno16 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 1:03 am

Really nice animation Tom. That’s probably pretty close to what I would see if I were that close up!

Beautiful stacked Jupiter image. Nice work in challenging conditions!

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Post by maceemiller » Fri Sep 20, 2019 3:33 pm

Very, very nice :) I actually liked the "wobbly image" ....like looking through a telescope ;)
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Post by Shabadoo » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:31 pm

Thanks for sharing!
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Post by bobharmony » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:07 pm

That is quite the dance the old man is doing... great job pulling anything out of the muck!

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Post by Hankmeister3 » Thu Oct 03, 2019 2:45 am

Coolio. Jupiter's moons … the more the merrier. I type this as Gustav Holst's "The Planets", Jupiter movement, is traipsing through the labyrinths of my Cro-Magnon mind! Speaking of which, I wonder, given the rather robust physiology of Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon men, and women of course, and given the complete lack of artificial light pollution planet-wide, if their visual acuity was such that they could easily see the moons of Jupiter? Inquiring minds want to know. I once had 20-15 (corrected) eyesight and I could never see them but I've heard some people are able to tease out the moons of Jupiter with their Mark 1 eyeballs.

Thanks for sharing, Tom.
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