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Jupiter: 31 day cloud movement, 


            Darren (DMach)

Jupiter: 31 day cloud movement

Acquisition type: Lucky imaging

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron C11 XLT

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI290MC

Mounts: CEM60

Software: AutoStakkert! 3  ·  Astra Image Company Astra Image PLUS  ·  Registax 6  ·  Photoshop CC  ·  FireCapture 2.6

Filters: Astronomik UV-IR Block L-Filter T2

Accessory: TeleVue PowerMate 2" 2x  ·  ZWO Atmospheric Dispersion Corrector (ADC)  ·  Teleskop Service T2 Quick Changer and 360 Degree Rotator  ·  Baader SteelDrive II Focusing Motor  ·  Baader SteelTrack Focuser

Resolution: 681x604

Locations: Home, Singapore, Singapore

Data source: Backyard


After accidentally capturing two images with Oval BA in the same location but 7 days apart, I have been attempting to capture data of Jupiter at the same orientation over roughly 7 day periods.

I was lucky with the first three captures, which are all exactly 7 days apart. My luck with clouds ran out after this however, so the spacing for the final two images is slightly longer (8 and 9 days respectively). Variations in seeing and transparency also impacted the comparison, with the skies being increasingly hazy of late.

None-the-less, I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to capture this series, which now illustrates the relative changes in cloud patterns over a one month period.

Features/changes of note:

- The opening of the "chimney" above the GRS.

- Changes in morphology of a dark brown raft in the bottom edge of the north polar region (beginning at the top-right edge of the image, then moving slowly left).

- The sheer relative speed at which the bright outbreak in the North Tropical Zone (first visible in the image from 22nd August) moves around the planet.

Thanks for looking!



Darren (DMach)


Jupiter: 31 day cloud movement, 


            Darren (DMach)