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    Default Jupiter: shot through a camera phone. Edited in GIMP



    I've been looking at Jupiter a lot lately. I get brave and hold up my DroidX camera phone (8MP) to the eyepiece every once in a while and actually get some impressive shots (at least I think they are, especially for a cell phone).

    I also recently downloaded GIMP and started toying with brightness, contrast, enhance, hue, etc. on some of my Jupiter pics.
    So far, I've edited one with pretty decent results.
    Below is the edited picture followed by the link to the rest of the album.
    Let me know what you think.



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    That's a really good result there. It's quite impressive that a camera phone revealed all that detail. Good work
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    Yeah..... I agree with Adam.
    There is really nice detail in that shot.
    Great job there...
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    Thanks! I'm actually amazed. I can hardly believe that my scope and this camera phone took such great pics. Editing it in GIMP certainly brought out a lot of detail too.
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    Well Impressed...gonna have to try it myself. What equipment and mag were are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by karateman View Post
    Well Impressed...gonna have to try it myself. What equipment and mag were are you using?
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    I used my Nexstar 4 se with a 9mm eyepiece. The camera was the 8MP camera on my Droid X phone. Its probably the best camera phone on the market right now as this is a very new phone but I can't believe how well it performs. To be honest I would be very skeptical if someone told me these shots were done with a camera phone and a Nexstar 4 se. The one picture was enhanced in GIMP but the other pics haven't been edited at all.

    I actually took a whole bunch of pics but most of them weren't good at all. However, some turned out very well.
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    You guys are going to have to stop posting these great pics of Jupiter, I am living under a never ending parade of clouds and it is killing me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermodynamics View Post
    You guys are going to have to stop posting these great pics of Jupiter, I am living under a never ending parade of clouds and it is killing me!

    Great pics!
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    I know what you mean. I bought my first scope not too long ago and all but several nights have been bad storms and horrible conditions. Its so unbelievably hot and humid here right now. However, when these pics were taken the conditions were nothing short of incredible.
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    this GIMP program of which you speak, is it a free downloadable sort of software?

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    Nick,

    That is a nice image with a camera phone of all things! I can see quite a bit of detail. Mighty fine job!

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