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Jupiter with 6SE: Animation (First Attempt), 


            Darren (DMach)

Jupiter with 6SE: Animation (First Attempt)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron Nextstar 6SE

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI290MC

Mounts: CEM60

Software: AutoStakkert! 3  ·  Astra Image Company Astra Image PLUS  ·  Registax 6  ·  Photoshop CC  ·  FireCapture 2.5

Filters: Astronomik UV-IR Block L-Filter T2

Accessory: TeleVue Powermate 2.5x  ·  ZWO Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector (ADC)

Date: Feb. 19, 2019

Time: 05:42

Frames: 81641

FPS: 66.00000

Focal length: 3750

Seeing: 3

Transparency: 7

Resolution: 386x326

Locations: Home, Singapore, Singapore

Data source: Backyard


This will likely be my last post for quite a while using my "little scope that could" (Celestron 6SE) - excited to start optimising my C11 for planetary imaging moving forward.

Wanted the last post from my 6SE (before its sabbatical) to be something a little special, so here's my first attempt at producing an extended animation.

The intent was to capture Io transiting across the face of Jupiter - the animation here consists of 30 separate captures of 2 minutes each between 4:49am and 6:34am local time (UT: 2019-02-18 between 20:49 and 22:34). The average number of frames per capture was approx. 2,700.

Due to periodic adjustments of the ADC, the rotational angle of the image did vary somewhat, which I have attempt to align consistently between animation frames. (Could probably do with a bit more tweaking.)

Transparency was not the best and was also variable unfortunately, so the quality of the individual captures varies accordingly (quite obvious in some of the early captures/frames).

Lastly, a request for tips & advice:

The stacking process seems to struggle to define Io in many of the captures and it gets a bit "lost" in the surface features/bands of Jupiter as a result ... any tricks I can try to improve the stacking?

Thanks for looking ... and reading!



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            Darren (DMach)