Thursday, September 13, 2007

Quick Shot of Jupiter

Not brilliant, but not too shabby either.

This Jupiter shot was taken through my 6" Dobsonian telescope, with a barlowed Televue Radian 10mm and hand-held digital point-and-shoot (Fuji Finepix A800 8.3 Megapixel).

Conditions were pretty ordinary, lots of air movement. I took about a dozen shots just for fun and this one came out the best. I slightly modified the image in Photoshop through image sharpening and curve adjustment. It's decent, you can see a few cloud bands anyway! There's a fair bit of noise in the image and I tried to remove it using Noiseware but the difference wasn't that noticeable.


mark_smith said...

I would be very pleased with this image :) keep up the good work


Phil said...

Thanks, Mark!

it does make me want to go get a fancy camera again. I tried CCD-based astrophotography a while back but got frustrated - could have been the camera and software (Meade DSI).

imjeffp said...

I've got a Celestron NexImage not doing anything that you can borrow sometime to see how you like it.

Phil said...

I might take you up on that, Jeff! I've heard decent things about that imager...