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Is this Jupiter?

PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 10:05 pm
by Buk
I've attached a (pretty awful) image of a planet -- my first ever -- and I want to confirm that it is Jupiter?

Image

It was taken 27th April this year at 02:23 GMT from 51.2299400 N , -1.1262850 W.

The camera was facing approx: SW (39° South of West) and approx: 21° elevation.

Is that enough information for confirmation?

Cheers, Buk.

Re: Is this Jupiter?

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 4:33 am
by thymelord
From the directions and time you have given I would say yes,download a free programme called "stellarium" and you can confirm any sightings. ;)

Re: Is this Jupiter?

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 5:57 am
by Buk
Thanks.

(Re:Stellarium. I did install it, but when run it bitches about missing dlls. :( )

Re: Is this Jupiter?

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 7:46 am
by galileo
I agree with Eric that it is indeed Jupes well done.

Your image is out of focus though, Accurate focusing can be difficult, what equipment did you use for your capture?

We will be able to give you some pointers on achieving a sharper image and you've still got plenty of time to try it again before Jupes disappears into the sunset.

Re: Is this Jupiter?

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 2:49 pm
by Buk
Thanks for the confirmation.

The camera was a Sony HX400V.
And beyond pointing it in the right direction and using timer release I did everything wrong :)
But for a variety of reasons -- one of which is that I found it impossible to focus accurately due to the small EVF and old eyes -- that has gone back.

Monday I get my hands on an FZ1000. 1/3rd the zoom and twice the price, but importantly, double the EVF resolution, 4x the sensor area and RAW.

The next time we get clear skies and Jupiter is up, I'll try again.

Cheers, Buk.

Re: Is this Jupiter?

PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2017 9:48 pm
by galileo
great, look forward to seeing your second effort.
Saturn will be around soon although quite low in the South unfortunately