Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

Discussion in 'My Astrophotos' started by Mike Hambrick, Dec 20, 2020.

  1. Mike Hambrick

    Mike Hambrick Cyanogen Customer

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    Well, this image came out better than I had any hope for. I took this on Friday night through my 180 EDT using a STXL16200 camera. The weather was marginal, but there was finally a period of several minutes where the clouds dissipated enough to start taking sub frames as fast as I could. I focused the camera on the moon, and then used 0.005 second exposures and managed to get about 20 each of L, R, G, and B before the clouds finally obscured everything.

    I wasn't even going to try to stack the sub frames, but figured it was worth a try. The stack ended up being only 10 each of the R, G, and B sub-frames (the L images just don't seem to come to the same focus). I was really hoping that the moons of Jupiter would have made it into the final stack, but at least you can tell that Saturn has rings. I had to use the Max value screen stretch to get this level of detail. I am sure that someone with more processing skills than me could have gotten a better result.

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  2. Doug

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    It's a very challenging target - nice job!
     
  3. Colin Haig

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    Nice job Mike ! I've shot a few myself, and the brightness disparity and low clouds and proximity to the horizon have made this difficult. Nicely done!
     
  4. Mike Hambrick

    Mike Hambrick Cyanogen Customer

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    Thanks. I may get lucky with the weather for tonight and tomorrow. If so, I will try again. Maybe I can get some details for Jupiter
     
  5. Tim Povlick

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    Here is an image taken with a Smartphone Pixel 3 held to an eyepiece (6mm EP - TMB 152 /1200).
    To bad the conjunction was not high altitude to make for better image capture. Jupiter being so much brighter than Saturn is another challenge.
    Maybe next time....

    Tim
     

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  6. Colin Haig

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    Here's my lame attempt through clouds on the 18th.
    Unprocessed, just cropped.
     

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  7. Doug

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    Better than mine.

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    Just kidding... but that's what my skies looked like.
     

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