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    Default A Solar System Trifecta (Well Almost)!



    Felicitations Fellow Forum Folk,

    Last night (Mon and Tues) I finally got mostly clear skies so I could get out and image the Big 3 that are so prominent in the sky right now. Everything went swimmingly well, no major glitches other than taking so much video I nearly ran out of hard disk space.

    The gear was my CPC 1100 (in Alt-Az mode) with a 2X barlow and my ZWO ASI120MC webcam. Last night's shooting focal length was 5600mm. These images were processed from video containing 5000 images. I used only the top 10% of the total images in the video. The video was processed in PIPP, AS!2, Registax 6 (for wavelets) and a trifle bit of tweaking in Photoshop CC. The size of the objects in the pictures is the native size directly from the scope/camera combo.

    Before I display the images, I had a very difficult time processing Mars. I had zero difficulties getting a sharp focus on both Jupiter and Saturn but Mars was a different story. The processed images from all my video looks featureless like it is out of focus. Does anyone know if the dust storm on the planet is now planet-wide? If that is the case then I don't feel so bad. So for this reason, even though I imaged Mars, none of those images are presentable.

    So without further ado, Jupiter with the GRS and Saturn.

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    Default Re: A Solar System Trifecta (Well Almost)!

    Both are excellent but I like the Saturn image best.

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    Default Re: A Solar System Trifecta (Well Almost)!

    Very nice JT! Thanks for sharing them with us! I’m not sure about the dust storm. I’m hoping for some nice views of Mars soon.
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    Default Re: A Solar System Trifecta (Well Almost)!

    Great images! Well done, JT!
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    Very nice captures JT! I especially like Saturn.
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    Default Re: A Solar System Trifecta (Well Almost)!

    Today it was announced that the Martian dust storm is of epic proportions and my images from the other night were not out of focus, they were capturing the obliteration of detail caused by the dust storm. I will be posting my image of Mars later this evening after I reprocess and re-tweak the image.

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