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Hooray! I've finally figured out the over-contrast issue with my CCD astro-camera (short story: don't expect the manual to help; seek info on the Web), and figured out how to get my telescope to quickly identify an object and (sort of) track it, and viola! I have my first photograph of Jupiter! Taken by me!


Photo by Chris McKitterick using Meade 12" SCT, prime focus, DSI-III CCD camera.

Notice the Great Red Spot, about in the center-bottom? Awesome! It's wider than two Earths laid side-by-side. Those varying-color bands are actually strips of atmosphere moving at hundreds of miles per hour in opposite directions. The bands' different colors come from the composition of gases in the clouds of the varying regions.

Next: Figure out how to get the telescope to properly track an object so I can combine images into a higher-res photo. The naked-eye view is much nicer than this shot, so it'll just take some practice.

Hope you like it!

Chris

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maryrobinette
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
Very nice shot! Good luck with the tracking, that's not easy stuff.
mckitterick
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, it's been a real pain to get this to track properly. I'm going to see if I can re-load the software, because it seems to believe it's operating in the Southern Hemisphere....
saycestsay
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
It's amazing! And my favorite color :). Very good focus, clear image... .
mckitterick
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I took about 60 individual images, and this one was the clearest. Some day, when I get the drive to believe that it really lives in the Northern Hemisphere, I'll be able to stack images and get some really nice shots.
clevermanka
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Fantastic photo! Congratulations!
mckitterick
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm so pleased to have figured out how to photograph really bright objects. Which reminds me: The Sun is out....
purpledumbass
Aug. 21st, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
That is very cool! Thanks for sharing this!
mckitterick
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you, sir - I'll keep posting 'em as I take 'em!

PS: LOVE your icon. LOL!
siro_gravity
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
that is so kewl!
mckitterick
Aug. 21st, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
ericreynolds
Aug. 22nd, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
That's an amazing photo!
mckitterick
Aug. 22nd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I hope to improve over time....
(Anonymous)
Aug. 24th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
Nice!
mckitterick
Aug. 24th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Who is this M. Anonymous, by the way?
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