Jupiter and Moons

Posted on 12 Jan 2014

I’ve not done much astronomy recently, but the skies were clear and Jupiter was shining brightly in the sky. I’d not used the webcam for any planetary images for a long time but it worked out quite nicely. A few issues getting the focus correct meant that two of the moons have come out slightly blurred, but the detail on Jupiter is some of the best I have managed with my current setup.

The full image is actually a composite of 3 images. It’s necessary to take the planet at one exposure and the moons at another otherwise you get no surface detail on the planet. I needed two images to get all of the moons in becase they are spaced too far apart to fit in a single frame from my webcam.

Click on the image below for the full version including the moons.