Saturn (May 8, 2016)

Photo of Saturn taken on May 8, 2016 through eyepiece projection with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Logitech Pro 4000 web camera. The gap between the rings of Saturn (called the Cassini Division), is visible in this photo.

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Photo of Saturn taken on May 8, 2016. Image captured through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Logitech Pro 4000 web camera. Processed using AutoStakkert and Registax. For more images of planets, click here. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano.

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Mars (May 5, 2016)

Photo of Mars taken on May 5, 2016 through eyepiece projection with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and an SPC900NC/00 web camera. The polar ice cap, the dark and the bright areas, and the clouds on Mars are visible in the photo.

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The polar ice cap, the light and dark areas, and the clouds on Mars are visible in this photo. For more images of planets, click here.

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AR 2192 Sunspot Group (October 26, 2014)

Images of the active region (AR) 2192 sunspot group on October 26, 2014, taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 refractor fitted with a Baader Neutral Density (ND) 5.0 solar filter.

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Image of the active region (AR) 2192 sunspot group on October 26, 2014. This image was taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 refractor fitted with a Baader Neutral Density (ND) 5.0 solar filter, Kenko NES mount, Canon 450D DSLR, 1/4000 sec exp, IS0 200. Quezon City, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano
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Image of the active region (AR) 2192 sunspot group on October 26, 2014. This image was taken using a Sky-Watcher 4-in f/9 refractor fitted with a Baader Neutral Density (ND) 5.0 solar filter, Kenko NES mount, Philips SPC900NC/00 web camera, UV-IR filter. Quezon City, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (February 2, 2014)

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Image captured through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a 6 mm eyepiece, a UV-IR filter, and a Philips SPC900NC/00 web camera. Jupiter’s cloud bands and the Great Red Spot are visible in this photo. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Jupiter, click here.

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Venus (October 20, 2013)

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Image of Venus taken on October 20, 2013 through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a 5 mm eyepiece, a UV-IR filter, and a Philips SPC900NC/00 web camera. Venus is currently at its waning gibbous phase (55% illumination). Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Venus, click here.

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Jupiter’s Rotation

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An animation of Jupiter demonstrating the planet’s rotation in a span of just 30 minutes, created from a total of 17,000 frames (equivalent to 40 gigabytes of image data), processed using IRIS. Jupiter completes 1 full rotation on its axis every 10 hours. Image captured through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a 25 mm eyepiece, and a Philips SPC900NC/00 web camera. For more images of planets, click here.

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DIY Serial-to-Parallel Port Adapter

The parallel port is one of the easiest computer ports to interface with. It allows any computer to ‘talk’ with other devices like turning on and off a light bulb, or any other electrical appliance for that matter. Obsolete as it may seem, the parallel port is still used today to perform tasks such as controlling a telescope during autoguiding operation and controlling the precise timing of relays in a dedicated long-exposure camera used in astrophotography.

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A DIY serial-to-parallel port adapter essentially allows a camera or a telescope requiring a parallel port to utilize a computer’s serial port instead.

Most computers produced nowadays, however, are no longer equipped with parallel ports. To learn more on how to work around this problem, click here.

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Saturn February 7, 2013

This is my first attempt to image Saturn this season. Imaging Saturn will be more favorable in the months to come as it nears its closest approach to Earth on April 2013. Image taken by a Sky-Watcher 100 ED 4-inch f/9 refractor on a Kenko NES mount, using a Philips SPC900NC web camera, 2 stacked 2X Barlow, and a Baader UV-IR filter. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Saturn, click here.

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Jupiter November 22, 2012

Image of Jupiter taken on November 22, 2012 at around 11 midnight with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a 2x Barlow, and a Logitech 4000 web camera, Manila, Philippines. Image-processing done in IRIS. Jupiter’s cloud bands and the great red spot are visible in this photo. This is my best Jupiter photo to date. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Jupiter, click here.

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Reprocessed Jupiter using IRIS

Image of Jupiter taken on November 10, 2012 at past 12 midnight with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a 2x Barlow, and a Logitech 4000 web camera. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of Jupiter, click here.

IRIS is an image-processing freeware that can be used for almost any astronomical target including planets and deep-sky objects. Its command-line interface that looks very similar to DOS (disk-operating system) allows users to control almost ever aspect of the processing techniques applied to the image. I’m starting to like it now that I’ve used it several times and have seen pretty amazing results.  Shown above is a reprocessed Jupiter image using the same image data in my previous Jupiter post.

Related links: Planetary ImagingImaging Planets Using Webcams

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