Observatory Imaging (Moon, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune)

It was exceptionally clear on on Thursday night at the observatory, so some of us took the chance to further improve our skills using the telescope and webcam. We’re starting to get better at better focussing the telescope (which can be troublesome at times) and gradually the images are increasing in clarity. Amazingly, we were also able to capture Uranus and Neptune, although they were quite low in the sky.

Here are the results. (full-size images are in the gallery)

The Moon:

Jupiter:

Uranus:

Neptune:

All images taken with the observatory telescope and camera (12″ Meade LX200 and Philips SPC900). They were processed using Registax 4 and Adobe Photoshop Elements. The Neptune and Uranus videos are raw from the camera and have not been processed.

Credit: Mark Searle & David Warrington

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Posted on 15 August, 2008, in Astronomy News, Society News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I HAVE A QUESTION..MY LOCATION IS IN ARIZONA..I HAVE SEEN THE MOON JUPITER OCT 10…I HAVE NOTICED A BIG STAR OR IT COULD BE A PLANET..IF ITS A PLANET IT IS BIGGER THAN JUPITER IF ITS A STAR..IT IS THE BIGGEST STAR I HAVE SEEN AND NOTICED…CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IT IS

  2. It’s difficult to say exactly. What time of the night was it? Where in the sky were you looking?

    If by “big” you mean bright:

    There are a number of fairly bright stars up at the moment – Vega, Capella, Altair, Sirius. It’s possible it was one of those.

    Or if you really do mean “big”:

    There is a star cluster called the Pleiades which is quite large in the sky.

    There is a free planetarium program called “Stellarium” which you can download – this shows you everything in your night sky at the moment.

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