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This is the website of Skybadger.net, not to be confused with Skybadger.me which is a charity in Sussex , doesn't do astronomy at all and doesn't have any relationship with badgers. (think Milky Way and white stripes... )

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Astronomer and tinkerer, This site is about projects in Astronomy..

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Bibliography.


Planetary Imaging at SkyBadger.


Equipment

Typically for planets I use the NA140SF with Baader Fringekiller in front of the RGB filters and mono USB camera - currently a ASI 178mm CMOS whic has 2.3um pixels.

I also have the 12" RC but its typically never sufficiently well collimated for low planets to get a better result than the 5"refractor !

Mercury

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Jupiter

Vixen VC200L on GP-DX/SS2K using Toucam x2.5 Powermate.( f/25 ) with 5 fps.

Apr 22 2004

Vixen VC200L on GP-DX/SS2K using HX916 on x2.5 Powermate.( f/25 ).

Mar 12 2003, data as per fits headers; fits image found here. If you change the levels suitable for Jupiter you can see the Galilean satellites in the FITS image.

Vixen VC200L on GP-DX/SS2K using ToUcam on x2.5 Powermate.( f/25 ) 1/25 sec exposures, 90 from 300 taken in 60 secs.

Feb 08 2004 00:22 GMT, seeing 2/5, transparency OK

Vixen VC200L on GP-DX/SS2K using ToUcam on x2.5 Powermate.( f/25 ). Exposures range from 1/25 sec to 1/60th with various gains.

2010 Sept 03 0035 GMT, seeing 4/5, transparency OK

Vixen NA140SF on AE/SS2K using SMC900 using eyepiece projection, 12mm ( f/45 ). 800 frames from 1000 at 5 frames per sec with various gains.

2012 Dec 10 23:10 GMT

Vixen NA140SF on AE/SS2K using SMC900 using eyepiece projection, 12mm ( f/45 ). 800 frames from 1000 at 5 frames per sec with various gains. Plenty of ringing around the planet though.

2012 Dec 10 00:24 GMT

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Saturn

Vixen VC200L on GP-DX/SS2K using ToUcam on x2.5 Powermate.( f/25 ) 1/5 sec exposures, 30 from 300 taken in 60 secs.

Dec 16 2003 23:57 GMT, seeing 2/5, transparency good

Vixen VC200L on GP-DX/SS2K using ToUcam on x2.5 Powermate.( f/25 ) 1/5 sec exposures, 90 from 300 taken in 60 secs.

Dec 16 2003 23:57 GMT, seeing 2/5, transparency good

Vixen VC200L on GP-DX/SS2K using ToUcam on x2.5 Powermate.( f/25 ) 1/5 sec exposures, 90 from 300 taken in 60 secs.

Jan 08 2004 00:35 GMT, seeing 3/5, transparency good

Vixen NA140SF with Philips SMC900 on AE/SS2K using 12mm Meade 4000 series plossl in eyeypiece projectionb at EFR~45. Registax from video at 5 fps.

24 April 2012 22:31 GMT

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Uranus & Neptune

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Pluto & Charon

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Minors

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