Planetary Photography

Here is a view of at least seven of Saturn's moons taken on August 4, 2018. Two different over-exposed images were used using the ZWO ASI290MC camera and SharpCap software package. Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mmED Triplet Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI 290MC. Captured with SharpCap software and Corel Paintshop Pro. Image Date: 4 August 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, USA.
Here is a view of Mars from the early morning hours of August 5, 2018. Horrible seeing, Mars just barely makes it high enough to image. Tried both 25% and 10% best of the captured frames and this seems to be the most detail I can pull out of it. Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mmED Triplet Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI 290MC, Televue Powermate x2.5, best 25% of 30k frames. Captured with SharpCap, processed in AutoStakkert, refined in Registax and Lightroom. Image Date: 5 Aug 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, USA.
Here is a view of Saturn from August 4, 2018. Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mmED Triplet Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI 290MC, best 25% of 30k frames. Captured with SharpCap, processed in AutoStakkert, refined in Registax and Lightroom. Image Date: 4 Aug 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, USA.
Here is an animated GIF showing the rotation of Jupiter on July 19, 2018. The view shows 28-minutes of rotation time. Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mmED Triplet Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ASI 290MC, each image in the animation was the best 25% of 20k frames. Captured with SharpCap, processed in AutoStakkert, refined in Registax and Lightroom. Image Date: 19 July 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, USA.
Here is a view of Jupiter and the GRS from July 19th, probably the most detail I have seen on Jupiter in a very long time. Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ZWO ASI290MC, Televue Powermate 2.5X. Image date: July 19, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.
Here is a view of Jupiter and an inset image showing the placement of the Galilean moons on July 18, 2018. Main image was the best 25% of 20k frames, inset image was a quick single overexposed image to capture the moons. Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ZWO ASI290MC, Televue Powermate 2.5X. Image date: July 18, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.
Jupiter - July 7, 2018 - Here is a view of Jupiter and the Great Red Spot taken on July 7, 2018. Still working on learning WinJupos for derotation. Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ZWO ASI290MC, Televue Powermate 2.5X, best 33% of 15k frames. Image date: July 7, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.

Venus - July 9, 2018

Here is a view of the planet Venus taken shortly after sunset on July 9, 2018. According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, Venus is a 66% illuminated.

Tech Specs: Sky-Watcher Esprit 120mm ED Triplet APO Refractor, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, ZWO ASI290MC, Televue Powermate 2.5X, best 50% of 15k frames. Image date: July 9, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, PA, USA.