After a long time I took out all the imaging gear for taking some images of Jupiter. We had a very clear night with very good seeing and the only bad thing was that wind shaking the mount. On my fast Dell notebook I had installed the latest drivers and imaging programs. It worked flawlessly with my DMK21AU camera.

The only thing changed this time that I switched from Barlow to eyepiece projection. It looks like the barlow lens has some error because here my best ever Jupiter images came out.

I took a number (20 alltogether) of AVI files with and without eyepiece projection. Images are monochrome. Next time I will try colour imaging with my filters again.

All Videos glued to a short sequence showing the rotation of Jupiter. I had been playing around with different exposure settings. This results in some flickering of the sequence.

2015-03-10 19:29 UT - 1000 images - 1800mm Maksutov 10mm eyepiece projection. Image is reduced to 90% size

2015-05-03-10 19:31 UT - 1000 images - 1800mm Maksutov 10mm eyepiece projection. Image at original size.

2015-05-03-10 19:53 UT - 1000 images - 1800mm Maksutov no projection. Image "drizzled" for processing. This is my first image where the moon Ganymede does not appear as single spot but as a little disk.

2015-05-03-10 19:53 UT The Image from Cartes Du Ciel showing the positions of the Jovian moons. I should have continued imaging because the Red spot just appeared on the limb.


Optics           : StellarVue Nighthawk Achromat Refractor d=80mm f=480mm (f=1/6)
                 : Intes MK-67 Maksutov Type Reflector d=150mm f=1800mm (f=1/12)
Camera           : NIKON D7000 DSLR unmodified
                 : The Imaging Source DMK21AU4.AS monochrome USB highspeed camera with FireCapture
                 : Philips ToUcam 740 Color WebCam
Filter           : IR/UV Cut, Astronomik H-Alpha, Astronomik LRGB
add. optics      : ED 2x Barlow lens, eyepiece projection
                 : 35mm, 50mm, 135mm and 200mm NIKON lenses available
Mount            : VIXEN GP with MT1 / Littlefoot Controller
Guiding          : PHD
Aquisition       : DELL E6410 i5 Notebook (Windows 7)
Image Processing : ImagesPlus, NeatImage 7, PaintShopPro XI, PhotoShop LE 9, Registax 6, AviStack 2.0