JUPITER 2013/2014 SEASON

By Christopher Go

This year turned out to be an exciting year.  I had a late start because of the monsoon.  During late November, I discovered my second red spot, when the White Oval  Z on the NEBn turned red!

All images were taken using a Celestron  C14  mounted on an AP900GTO mount.  A ZW Optical ASI120MM camera was used.  RGB is done using a set of Chroma Technology LRGB filters on a Homeyer Motorized filter wheel.  Methane band images are done using a Custom Scientific Methane Band filter (889nm  18nm bandpass) provided to me by the University of California at Berkeley.  UV images are done using a Astrodon UV filter.   Amplification is done using an Astrophysics Convertible Barlow working at 2.5X.

Image acquisition was done using  Torsten Edelmann's Firecapture 2.3 software.  All images are NORTH UP!   The ASI120MM is controlled by a Thinkpad T520 through the USB port.  Processing was done using AutoStakkert and Registax.

These images were taken at Banilad,  Cebu City, Philippines. 

For more information on the names of various belts and zones of Jupiter and the meaning of the abbreviations I use please check the Sky and Telescope Jupiter Observing Guide.

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April 17, 2014

A rare tropical cyclone which lingered in our area created cloudy and rainy conditions when this month was suppose to be the height of th edry season.  Seeing was good this evening.

Note the strange cyclonic oval in the STB.   It's a white cyclone with a dark center.  The SEB is very dark.  The southern part of the SEB has dark barges.  The NEB has a lot of rifts.

 

April 5, 2014

Seeing was again variable this evening.

Oval BA is setting on this image.  Note the dark barges in the SPR area.  The SEB looks quiet in this region.  Io is exiting the SEB.

The NEB is dark and narrow.  There is a lot of rift activity

 

April 4, 2014

Seeing was variable this evening.   But there were moments of good seeing.

The GRS is well resolved in these images.    The dark center of the GRS can be seen.  Note the dark bar on the northern side of the GRS.  Red material seem to be spreading from the GRS to the STrZ. The wake of the gRS is very complex.    The "Mickey" oval on the SSTB have broken up with the cyclonic spot which was the head is flattened.  Note the small red spot between the two anticyclones on the left. 

The NEB has a dark color and some rift activity.  Note also the dark barges on the NTBn.  The moon peeking out of Jupiter on the last image is Io.

April 3, 2014

Seeing was excellent this evening! 

It's been over a month since I last imaged Red Spot Z.   It's color is still very pale but it is still distinctly red.  The NEB has a lot of complex rifts. 

The NNTZ LRS has a very strong red color.  It also is sporting a dark halo.  Note the little red spots around the NNTZ LRS.

The SEB is very dark.  The  northern edge is even grey.  Note the reddish streak on the STrZ.

April 2, 2014

Seeing was good this evening. 

Oval BA has a very pale color.   The white core can still be resolved.    The wake of the GRS is very complex.    A rift seems to be developing at the NEB on the left.  The dark barge on the NTZ seems to have a reddish oval extension on it's northern side. 

April 1, 2014

I imaged a little late this evening because I had to attend a meeting.  Seeing was a bit unstable.

The GRS in prominent in these images.  It's color is very strong.  Note that the STrZ has a yellowish tinge.  The wake of the GRS is very complex.   Note that the "Mickey" ovals on the SSTB, the cyclonic oval that was the head has deformed.

The NEB looks quiet here. 

March 31, 2014

Seeing was good this evening. 

Oval BA is setting in these images.   Note the complex dark features on the STrZ.  There is also a dark red feature on the SEB.  There are bright outbreaks on the NEB.

March 28, 2014

Finally back to imaging Jupiter after my trip to Los Angeles.   Seeing was variable.  

Jupiter is getting smaller as it recedes from  the sun.  Oval BA is all getting closer to the GRS.  One can see the contrast of colors between the GRS and BA.   The GRS has a strong red color while BA is pale orange.  The wake of the GRS is very complex.  Note the bright disturbance like feature on the SEB following the GRS.  The NEB looks quiet in this region.

March 7, 2014

Seeing was excellent this evening but transparency was  terrible.

Oval BA can be seen just past the CM.  The white center is resolved.  The SEB is very complex.  Note the white outburst on the NEB. 

I will be travelling to Los Angeles tomorrow so this will be my last image until the 19th of this month.

March 6, 2014

Seeing was variable this evening.  But there were moments of good seeing.

The GRS is prominent in these images.  Note the STrZ around the GRS which is so complex.    The "mickey" white spots on the SSTB is moving closer to the GRS.

Note the outbreak on the NEB which is forming a complex rift system.  The NTB outbreak is evolving into dark streaks.  It doesn't look active anymore.

March 5, 2014

Seeing was terrible this evening.  I was only able to salvage one RGB image. 

The NNTZ LRS and the Red Spot Z are rising in these images.  Both spots are very bright in methane band.  The NEB is quiet in this region.    The SEB is complex.

March 4, 2014

Seeing was variable this evening but there were moments when it was good

Oval BA is close to the CM on these images.  The white core is prominent while it is surrounded by a dark halo.  The color of Oval BA is light.   Note the complex wake of Oval BA.

Io can be seen floating above the SEB.   Note the elongated shadow of Io!  This is the actual shape of Io's shadow as it rises!  The NEB is very complex and has a lot of outbreaks. 

March 2, 2014

I had terrible dew problem today.  Fortunately, my flexi dew shield solved the problem.  Heavy dew means good seeing.  Seeing was just stunning this evening. 

I was able to catch the Red Oval BA and Ganymede!   Surface details can be seen in Ganymede.   While the white center of Oval BA was resolved.

Note the bright outbreak in the NEB.

March 1, 2014

Seeing was variable this evening but there were lots of moments of excellent seeing.

The GRS takes center stage this evening.  There are a lot of activities around the GRS.  The halo of the GRS has a yellowish coloration.  Note the spot at the 11 o clock position of the GRS.  THe dark core of the GRS is visible.  The wake of the GRS is very complex.  Note also the material pushed out of the GRS to the STrZ on the preceding side.

There are a lot of rift activity on the NEB.  Note the Red Spot Z setting on the first image.  Note the two NTB disturbances with a dark cloud in the center.

 

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