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Jupiter and her moons

6 Sep 2009, 19:46 UTC
Jupiter and her moons
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It has been quite a while since my last posting.As always,I blame the weather but,also I have been quite busy working so putting the whole guilt on Mother nature just doesn’t seem right.We have had a decent stretch of clear skies these past few days and needed to get reaquainted with my scope.Even though with a full moon washing out the sky I did manage a few shots of Jupiter.Actually,I took about 70 images of which only a few came out good.I have my new laptop with…ugh…windows Vista to run the DSI and it worked out pretty good.Sadly though,I can’t run the LPI which takes much better images of planetary objects (my opinion) due to some compatibility issue with Vista.If the skie cooperate,I may try to image Jupiter again tonight using my other Laptop.
The skies last night were a bit turbulent at the start of the session but,soon settled down with only a slight breeze.Their was a bit of humidity that caused dew to settle on the scope as the temps dipped to the upper 40s F.Observing went quite well until the full moon began to washout the sky.So,as you could imagine even with a hot cup of java ...

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