Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jupiter 20110913 1009UT

Feeling good about this, but plenty more to eek out of this new scope! Only above avg seeing on this, the wasn't even a full arc of airy disk around nearby Aldebaran.

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rest of this season is here:



PS Mercury too, but process later, more good seeing tomorrow am

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mike's Morning Planets

For the first time in a long time I had enough good weather to get 3 planets in the same night.  Here are a tiny Mars, and my 1st of the season:

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I had to shoot Mars 1st, as it was headed for a tree limb and not to clear before dawn and the main target, Mercury.


Next was Jupiter, just past the meridian and sporting a prominent Oval BA:


and the toughest was Mercury, if only because it didn't clear the trees until well into dawn.  I had a hard time finding the right focus positions at lower magnifications and as such, I only got a shot at native focal ratio of f/4.5.  Here's that shot, but 3x upscaled in ninox and even on the screen I could see the phase, but it's not enough magnification for any detail.  Next time!

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