Jupiter Saturday February 14

The seeing wasn’t great, which is an understatement, but I managed to get this.  7ms exposure, best 20% of 4000 frames stacked. Sharpening in Photoshop. I could tell from the start that my focus was good, sometimes it is hard to be sure, and the seeing would settle down between bouts of 20 mph wind. This front was coming in. I tried series of 3ms and 1ms videos but while sharper they were too grainy from having to pump up the gain. Maybe I’ll be able to shoot all 7 planets this year.
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Partial Solar Eclipse 2012

Jack and I joined several CAAS members and about 15-20 members of the public (and one underwhelmed Black Vulture) on the overlook platform at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The forecast was not good but as you can see below the Sun started to peak out from the clouds just at the eclipse started.  We followed the Sun until it was gone, looking into well protected telescopes and passing around solar shades. One gentleman who had seen the ’72 Nova Scotia eclipse even had a totally exposed sheet of glass film that he had been using ever since.  See the images below, click for a larger view.

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Sunspots

I haven’t tried the Sun in a long time.  Perhaps since the Transit of Mercury years ago.  I tried today with my DSLR.  Focus was a pain and not incredibly satisfactory but I got a few images and was able to stack them  I hope you like it. Click the image for a larger view.