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Jupiter and its Moons

Image Details:

Camera: Philips ToUcam Pro II (840k)
Mount: Celestron AS-GT
Scope: Celestron C8-N (8" f/5 Newtonian)
Configuration: Negative Projection (Barlowed)
Additional Optics: TeleVue 2x Barlow
Filter: None
Effective Focal Length: 2400mm
Effective Focal Ratio: f/12
Exposure: 300 @ 1/50s, 5fps, gain=19%
Date: 4/26/2005, 1:22 AM PDT
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
Acquisition: Philips VRecord
Focus: Manual
Dithering: None
Guiding: None

Processing:

  • IRIS: Registration, best-frame selection, stacking, color alignment, wavelet processing
  • Photoshop: Levels, white balance, image size, JPG conversion

Image Description:

This is a composite of Jupiter and its moons taken with a webcam through my Newtonian. A second (non-normalized) stack was layered on top of the main one in Photoshop in order to bring out the rather faint moons Callisto and Europa. Compare this webcam image with the old one taken with a Digital Rebel. No comparison, even though the seeing was equally lousy on the nights these images were taken, respectively. This is probably my best planetary image to date. Earth's North is up.