Jupiter with the new Orion 10" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph With resolution of Ganymede and Europa February 20, 2016 Uploaded 2/22/16

Seeing this night was like a big atmospheric scramble in a frying pan. But here I was able to still get sub arcsecond resolution by taking many frames (1600) and selecting the best 50 for stacking. Also, I used my IR pass filter which the seeing is considerably better! So much so that not only did I resolve the disks of the Galilean moons, you can see surface markings on Ganymede which is 1.5 arc seconds in size. It looks like the new 10" is a fine planetary scope as well. The Televue 5x powermate barlow was used here.

The second image here is also with the 10 inch but at prime focus without the barlow. The Methane band filter from the same Orion Planetary imaging set was used. It is a VERY dark filter and required 1/4 second exposure and the gain set very high! But look how different Jupiter looks in this band.

Jupiter in NIR Select image size for the larger view: 1290 x 960
Jupiter in CH4 Select image size for the larger view: 1290 x 960
Processing: 50/1600 best frames, alignment in Autostakkert, Wavelets in Registax, Levels and Contrast Masking In Photoshop CS2, Deconvolution Pix Insight
Instrument: Orion (GSO) 10" f/3.9 with 5x Barlow Platform: Astrophysics AP1200 CCD Camera: Image Source DMK 51AU03.AS Filter: Orion IR Pass Exposure: 1/30 sec 12fps Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 3/5, Transparency 7/10 Outside Temperature: 35F