When my wife noticed the beautiful thin crescent moon in a gap in the clouds I rushed to the deck on our roof, to take a picture of the conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter. At first I went bare-footed, but after a few seconds I couldn’t stand the snow under my bare soles, and put on some slippers. But I was still only wearing my sleeping attire, boxer shorts and a worn-out T-shirt. Temperature was -5°C.Read More
Today I pointed the 20cm Newtonian telescope again towards the moon. Shortly after first quarter quite a few nice landscapes are visible.
All images were captured as 120s AVI files using a 3x Barlow lens and the QHY5IIc camera.
Jupiter gets lower and lower each night, while Saturn is nearing Opposition.
Processed with Autostakkert (Stacking) , Registax (Wavelet Sharpening), Fitswork (de-noise and iterative Gauss sharpenging) and Photoshop (Color and Gamma adjustment).
Due to a cold front that just had passed earlier today, the air was quite unstable. Therefore today’s shots turned out quite unsharp.
Astro-Physics 127mm f/8, 2x Vixen Barlow, QHY5L-IIc camera. Read More
Only minutes before I started my first video, apparently an asteroid slammed into Jupiter, as far as I can see, no trace of damage can be seen on my pictures.
Today the Great Red Spot was prominently visible: Read More
Software used: Autostakkert 3.0, Registax, Fitswork. This version is a bit softer, shows much less artifacts but still more detail I think.
I also updated the animation with reprocessed frames Read More
Yesterday evening I was able to use the stable seeing shortly after sunset for some images of the moon:
Today Venus was a very delicate crescent, with only about 4% of it’s visible disc illuminated by the sun. I used the 127mm f/8 refractor with a 1.4x teleconverter and took a number of images using the Nikon D750. 20% of 46 individual images were used to create this image using the software Autostakkert: