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  • Writer's pictureStephen Strum

Jupiter Animation 19-July-2020

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Below is a 16 image loop of Jupiter taken early on July 19, 2020, with my Celestron 8" EdgeHD telescope on a Nexstar Evolution mount. I used an ASI224MC camera with a Televue 2.5x Powermate and a Baader UV/IR cut filter to take the imagery. I took 1 minute 45 seconds of data per image, and each image is 3 minutes apart. The data was processed in Autostakkert for stacking, Registax for aligning the RGB layers and wavelet sharpening, denoise in Topaz Denoise, and a slight unsharp mask as well as image rotation in Pixelmator. Since I was using an Alt-Az mount, Jupiter rotated during the course of the hour I took video data. So, I had to manually rotate the 16 images in Pixelmator to keep things level. Some frames are off just a little so the image wobbles a bit.

The animated GIF below is of lower quality than the raw data, as the GIF compression kind of wrecks things. I'll have a higher quality video out later this week hopefully showing the animation and processing steps.

Here is a video with a higher quality animation along with a brief look at the telescope and camera as well as the imaging process.

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