Astronomy - Solar System Images


Equipment
This section contains images and observations I have made of solar system objects. Most of this (in fact all of it at the time of this writing) was obtained with a Philips ToUcam Pro 840K webcamera attached to an Intes MN61 telescope which is a 15 cm (6") Maksutov-Newtonian. Maksutov-Newtonians are particularly well suited for planetary observing, my main interest in astronomy (in fact I have yet to capture a single image of a deep sky object).

I have had the telescope since back in 1999 but I bought the camera in November 2003. The initial test images of my neighbor's trees were rather promising and several weeks later I was obtaining reasonably good images of solar system targets, especially when taking into account that I live in an extremely windy and cloudy place. This set off a chain reaction: First I had to get myself a laptop for imaging. Several weeks later I was forced to replace my desktop computer. I needed a computer with a DVD burner, I needed 5-10 times more diskspace than my old computer had and I needed a much faster computer for processing the images.

This chain reaction wasn't finished until March 2004 so the winter of 2004-2005 will be my first real observing season with the camera. I expect to obtain several times more images then than in 2003-2004.

What's new

  • 01.11.2005: Added a few images of Mars and created a new Mars page. I am now completely swamped in data, having collected dozens of gigabytes recently so I have a huge backlog of stuff to process. Or in short: More images will apperar in the coming days/weeks.
  • 11.09.2004: Added an image of Jupiter and corrected an error in the caption to one of the images. Minor modifications to the equipment page.
  • 09.09.2004: Added a few images of Jupiter, both new and reprocessed versions. In the case of the reprocessed images the original versions are still here for comparison. The new images have north up and include a date/time but the older ones usually don't.
  • 28.08.2004: Completely revamped these pages and added a lot of new stuff there. More images will be added in the coming weeks, I have a lot of stuff that I haven't processed yet.

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Moon Images

Mars Images


Jupiter Images

Saturn Images

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