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Jupiter my first attempt

PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:42 pm
by dybaxter
Beautiful night last night 03-09/2016 until about 02:30 when clouds started to form. Finally a night above freezing here in Ohio.
I decided to get a photo of Jupiter and 4 of its moons. However the photo seems to be a bit out of focus. Any help in focusing would be greatly appreciated.
I took the photo with a RC/6 scope with a 2 inch 2x Orion Barlow attached with my Nikon 750 seeming to hang on for dear life.
Exposure 1/30 sec ISO 1000. Bit brighter than I first thought so found this exposure showed the detail best. Not sure if its just focus or my exposure being off or my alignment. When viewing through my eyepiece (2 inch 32mm wide field) seems much clearer.
Thanks in advance. Not a bad first try. Actually it is my first time seeing the planet this close up first hand. Loved it.

Image

Dave.

Re: Jupiter my first attempt

PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:06 am
by patthehorse
It's a brilliant feeling that 1st. you could focus on a star before you go to Jupiter. The planet bobs in and out of focus due to our atmosphere. When you see people mention good seeing, the planet will be at a high altitude and therefore less of our atmosphere is in the way, and the planet seems steadier and easier to get a focus on. Take a few images so you can stack them into a single frame which will improve the Planets look. But that's still a great shot as it stands :thumbsup:

Re: Jupiter my first attempt

PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:32 am
by dybaxter
Thank you patthehorse for the good advice. I have been out visiting for a bit sorry for the delay in answering. I was a bit disappointed in the photograph with the focusing, however it is only one frame and would most likely be better as you mention using several more. Truthfully I was so excited seeing Jupiter I stood up and used the tripod as an assist and had one of the legs burrow deeper in the soft ground, throwing off my alignment. Lesson learned wont do that again. LOL.
Thanks again.
Dave