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    Default Jupiter Pictures and Mars Opposition



    I usually get my telescope out at least once a week even when the moon is out. When the moon is out I am looking at planets, star clusters, and the moon. Lately I have been practicing taking pictures with my cell phone. A couple of weeks ago on a Friday night I caught Jupiter with the giant red storm. I was observing it with my 8.8mm EP and 2x barlow which gives me 340x. My eyepiece has an 82 deg AFOV. I will usually pick up a couple of moons in the FOV even at this high of magnification.
    I don't have any tracking so it is a little tricky getting a good picture. In the future I would like to get some tracking ability and a better setup for photography. I am planning on going to more star parties to get a feel for what I would like. I sure like my large aperture telescope. I would like to go even larger for fainter objects.
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    Last Saturday with the moon just past 1st quarter, I observed some of the globular clusters in Ophiuchus. I was able to see M14, M10, and M12. I was able to slightly see M107. It blended in with the moonlight pretty good. I also had to take a peek at M13 in Hercules.

    Last night Mars was at opposition and the skis were good enough at 12:00 AM that I had to get out my telescope out. It looked as bright and big as Jupiter. It might have even appeared slightly brighter. I used my 26mm and 11mm EP with my 2x barlow which gives me 120x and 280x both lens have about an 82 deg AFOV. I tried taking pictures but the planet was too bright for the camera. I wasn't able to get any color. I could slightly pull out some detail with my 11mm EP. I decided to put planetary filters to see if I could get more detail. My favorite filter for this planet is the blue filter. It made the dark areas pop out. I tried taking pictures with the filter on but it still didn't make any difference. I was getting a little frustrated with the camera so I decided to call it a night. I did enjoy viewing the planet and seeing a lot of detail. After coming in and thinking about my picture problem, I came to the conclusion that it could be the black to white ratio. When there is more planet filling the eyepiece the color comes out with more detail. This is why the picture of Jupiter looked so good in my 8.8mm lens. It might be good to try getting a lens with less APOV so it fills the eyepiece more.

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    Nice report sounds like a good look at the red planet!
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    Nice report, and a nice shot of Jupiter!
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    Great work, John - thanks for sharing your image and report!
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    Gratz on productive session!

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    Great report Nice pic.

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