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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Sept 11, 2013 5:13:33 GMT -6
A hazy and humid early morning of observation and imaging - 1st Jupiter shot of the Season...!
11 September 2013
I felt like setting up the C11 on the CG-5 mount this early September morning and catch my first imaging session of Jupiter of the season. The planet doesn't rise and peek over the neighbor's roofline until after 3:30am and there was some time to slew around via the Sky-fi/iPad mini duo and grab a pic or two...
Here is 1/2 of the Double Cluster in Perseus - with different exposures. The orange is the horrid alley illumination that permeates the set-up site with the ghastly glow.
And before I knew it, Jupiter was ready for lookin' at...but the quality of the air was poor and getting worse as my time with the planet ticked by...
Io was caught peeking out from behind the planet...
For my first Jupiter session of the new Jovian season, I was getting decent banding and the GRS was just turning Earth way, but the coming cold front was pushing the air something awful and what was once a semi-decent disk....
...was now a circle of blur.
Session over and besides....high clouds were moving in from the northwest.
I did have a visitor stop by...
A tagged german Shepard looked at me for awhile - but never came close. He was there for quite awhile and would not come to me.
Chicago Astronomer Joe Founder, Administrator and Chief Astronomer
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Astronomy Instructor Instituto Del Progresso/IHSCA
Astronomy Program Instructor British International School of Chicago /Lincoln Park Campus
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Post by Paulie pchris00 on Sept 12, 2013 21:47:36 GMT -6
Jupiter's not so bad now for anybody lucky enough to be up past 3 AM, or crazy enough to get up a couple hours or so before sunrise. I've had three decent looks at it the last month, and greatly anticipate some good Jovian observing in the coming months.
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