Taken last night in very windy conditions – not much to see as the “interesting” side is turned away from us.
Thursday, 29 December 2011
This was the Moon last night – 4 days after New Moon. The middle picture shows the “earthshine” where the night time part of the moon is illuminated by Sunlight reflected back from the Earth to the moon. (This is a long exposure so the sunlit part of the moon is very over-exposed. The third picture if of the crater Petavius.
Friday, 23 December 2011
Above are the results of 5 hours work yesterday evening. Short video’s of Jupiter taken every ten minutes with the aim of making a short movie to show Jupiter’s rotation (It rotates very quickly – once in about 10 hours!). However it was not to be as the clouds rolled in for an hour midway through the sequence! So Bizibilder made a map instead by using some software (WinJupos – freeware) to “unroll” the surface details and stitch them together again.
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Todays Sun with new processing to show far more surface detail – otherwise as normal. Bizibilder suddenly found he had clear skies after all the weather stations (TV and Web based) said the day would be cloudy – so much for their supercomputers!!
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Bizibilder has had a play with todays Sun image in order to try and bring out more information from it. It started life as exactly the same image stack as today’s posted “Sun’s” but he has reworked the Photoshop processing to bring out far more surface detail. It takes longer to do and is quite a bit more complicated but he reckons it may be worth it? All he has to do now is try and remember exactly what he did!
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Just have to paint the beastie and I can have a “semi permanent” set-up for winter Solar imaging (the very low winter Sun cannot be seen from Bizibilder’s observatory). Beats having to carry a tripod and mount outside and back just to take a few pictures!
Thursday, 8 December 2011
A few shots of Jupiter from last night - very windy and poor seeing but at least I was able to get a few shots of the transit of Io and its shadow. I've never observed this phenomena before and it was quite spectacular to see it for myself for the first time. The shadow of Io seemed to be racing the great red (yellow!) spot across the disc. Unfortunately I had to pack up before the shadow transit was complete. You can certainly see Io itself on the better quality images later in the sequence. All done with the 180 Mak and SPC900.
The black dot is the shadow of Jupiter’s moon Io. Io itself can be seen in the lower sequence of images as a light coloured dot near the right hand edge of the planetary disc (It is very easy to see in the 7th picture where Io is almost touching the edge of the disc within the lower of the two cloud bands). If you could stand on Jupiter (you can’t – its a big ball of gas!) at the position of the black shadow you would see a total eclipse of the Sun caused by Io!
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Last nights Moon pictures: Taken with the 180 Mak-Cass and Canon 100D for the large disc picture and SPC900 and 2x Barlow for the craters. Seeing fair. The large disc is a mosaic of two panes each stacked from 54/58 individual frames - luckily the moon just fitted across the camera sensor!
A couple of images of Jupiter taken last night. The seeing wasn’t all that good with quite a bit of high cloud around. You can see the “Great Red Spot” (looking rather yellowish!) at the right hand end of the lower brown belt. To its left there is quite a storm raging that continues across most of the visible disc.
Sunday, 4 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
To save his lawn from further damage Bizibilder has just paid out to have a path laid to his observatory – all done in less than half a day! It would have taken Bizibilder several weekends of hard graft. Bizibilder does not do hard graft.