RE: [ccd-newastro] Imaging the Planets
- Full moon won't affect planets very much. They are bright! Depending on how
bad the sky glow is, you can sometimes get good B&W images of open clusters
if you have the urge to image around full moon. Depends on whether you can
get a good image without saturating.
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From: KSBTK@HOME [mailto:ksbtk@...]
Sent: Thursday, January 04, 2001 2:30 AM
Subject: [ccd-newastro] Imaging the Planets
Good Morning Ron:
With the full moon approaching, I thought this might be a good time to try
imaging the planets. Will the moon present an obstacle, given that the
exposures for the planets are so short? Thanks.
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- Is the altazimuth mode used on SCTs 'sufficient' for imaging the planets; especially in view of the fact that Jupiter and Saturn rotate so fast that one can only stack images acquired within a range of 2-3 minutes for Jupiter? How many minutes can one image in the altazimuth mode without the need for a Field De-rotater? As anyone coupled a Meade flip mirror devise to a Field De-rotater? If so, do you find too much flexiure or focus problem with this long of optical train?
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