Jupiter with the new
DBK41 USB planetary camera
March 22, 2014
Prime Focus - 1500mm f/5
Seen here with two moons. Ganymede is far left
Here is with the 3x Klee Barlow:
Finally, with the 5x Barlow:
weekend evening in weeks, and the seeing was terrible! But I
did learn how to set the color properties of this camera up right,
and what settings are good for planets. The new camera is 1290
x 960 resolution, and produces high resolution 24bit color images.
Unlike the ancient Vesta Cam which I have used for nearly every
other planetary image, this one does not show funky artifacts
and dark shadowing around bright areas and is smooth and sharp.
Now it the seeing would cooperate, we will try this one again...
So here is what
I got with the seeing 1/5 and fading transparency. I am encouraged.
Instrument: 12.5" f/5 with up to 5x Barlow
Platform: Astrophysics AP1200
CCD Camera: Image Source DBK41
Exposure: 1/15 sec 15fps
Location: Payson, Arizona
Elevation: 5150 ft.
Sky: Seeing 1/5, Transparency 4/10
Outside Temperature: 45F
100/1000 best frames, alignment in Autostakkert, Wavelets in
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