Dick Locke's older Neal Site Saturn and Jupiter Pictures
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Using the Celestron "NexImage" and Takahashi Toa 130 telescope, 2x barlow, 22 seconds of video processed in Registax.

4/26/03 NHAC Neal Site


This image is a "stack" of 29 individual images (each about 1/4 sec. exposure time) of Saturn, combined and averaged together.  I did some sharpening and minimal color correction in Photoshop.  Despite the fact that Saturn was fairly low in the sky, conditions & seeing were very good.  You can see the planet's shadow against the rings quite clearly.   Can you identify where the Sun is, relative to the planet?

-- Taken through my telescope with my Olympus C4040 digital camera & a Teleview 5x Barlow
-- I did the stacking & averaging in a program called ImagesPlus


Jupiter. You can see the moon IO's shadow on the right. If you look closely, you can see the moon itself about 1/2 the planet to the left.  Same details as above.

A couple of other items below...

Above are M81 and M82 in Ursa Major.  These are galaxies, with M82 being on the upper left looking like a small cigar.  M81 is the rounder galaxy in the lower middle.  I had hoped to take several images of this to stack, but that didn't work out.  This is a single, 16 second exposure with my Olympus C4040 (16 seconds is the max. exposure of the camera) coupled to my telescope (Tak FS 102) via a 40mm EP (no barlows).  As of 2006 I have a much better shot of these here. M81 and M82

Above is the beehive cluster, M44, in Cancer.  This was an experiment to see what I could do with the digital camera.  It's not too bad, but I think this one would show better color with film.  Same data as previous.

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