Photos of Planets

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2020-July 7 - B. Colville - Jupiter_IRGB

I can’t recall such a stretch of clear nights like we have had in the past 
month, now that Jupiter and Saturn are rising as the sky darkens there 
are more targets for turn our scopes to.

Due to their position on the ecliptic, but the planets are low in the south 
this summer and can make imaging a challenge with longer exposures 
to account for the extra atmosphere their light has to travel through to 
reach our eyes.  A friend in Australia says that they are directly overhead 
form his location along the Gold Coast  (New South Wales)…lucky for him!!!

Anyway, I did get a couple of session early in the week and the Jupiter 
images form the 7th turned out not bad.  Still soft but need better seeing 
to get the best out of the scope.

Solar has been a lost cause this week, with it over 40C in the observatory 
with the sun shing in full blast…I’ll work at -20C more easily than this oven, LOL.

The pic attached is a RGB composite form separate monochrome 
images, with an IR image added in to enhance the cloud structures.

Taken by : Brian Colville
Date : July 7, 2020
 
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Jupiter










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Saturn
 
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Venus








May.16.04
 
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Venus at greatest elongation on Nov 1st.  This 
picture was taken looking out over the Gulf of 
Mexico. Venus at its brightest with its reflection 
out over the water.  Venus was so bright, that 
it lit up the night.

Taken using a Sky Watcher AllView mount with 
a Canon 60Da on 15 sec exposures, ISO 1200

Brian McGaffney