CCD Astronomy
Planetary Images


.2 sec. exposures, average of 3, 2 and 3 frames with 6" AP and MX5c at
f/21. May 19, 1999, Valencia, CA. South is to the upper right

Seeing was fair-good three nights in a row. In these shots, which were all
made during a 22 minute period, Syrtis Major is at the top and the North
Polar Cap is at the lower left.


Here they are again resampled to 200% to simulate f/42 and rotated so
that south is up.


.5 sec. exposures with 6" AP and MX5c camera at f/21. May 19, 1999,
Valencia, CA. #47 filter and IRX (infrared block). Each image is an average
of two images.

The more I observe Venus, the more fascinating and mysterious it becomes.
These images hint at some structure in the lower right hand portion of the disk,
where a dark, wedge-shaped feature is visible in both image sets.

Venus is completely cloud covered. The atmosphere of Venus is 96% CO2
and 3.5% N2. Sort of an ultimate greenhouse. Hot, dry, cloudy and generally
unpleasant (to us, at least).


.5 Second Exposure with 8" LX200 at f/30, MX5c. November 4, 1998,
Valencia, CA.

Jupiter Sequence

.5-.7 sec. exposure with 8" LX200 at Approx. f/20, MX5c camera. October
10, 1998, Valencia, CA.

Saturn Sequence

1 sec. exposure with 8" LX200 at f/30, MX5c camera. November 22, 1998,
Valencia, CA.

Jupiter And Moons

Jupiter with Great Red Spot and Three Moons. .05 sec. exposure with 4" Traveler,
ST7. September 18, 1998, Valencia, CA