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Jupiter and Venus Photos
February 9, 2012

Jupiter, Celestron 8SE, NexImage - Airplanes & RocketsVenus, Celestron 8SE, NexImage - Airplanes & RocketsThis image of Jupiter was taken on February 9, 2012, here in Erie, PA. I'm getting a little better. The sky was exceptionally clear, winds nonexistent, and the nearly full moon had not risen above the eastern horizon yet. Jupiter was about 15° west of due south, high in the sky. My Celestron NexImage was used with a 2x Barlow lens in my Celestron 8SE telescope. The photo is a composite of about 500 short time exposure images recorded at 5 fps. This really helped avoid atmospheric scintillation. If I had done a better job on the focus, the detail might have been even better. RegiStax v2 software was used.

To the right is my first ever image of Venus on the same night. I wasn't lucky enough to get the focus as good on Venus, plus it was much nearer to the horizon, so the atmosphere was thicker there. 

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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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