JUPITER 2014/2015 SEASON

By Christopher Go

Late start on Jupiter this year.  Hoping for an exciting year with Jupiter.  The GRS is shrinking!

All images were taken using a Celestron  C14  mounted on an AP900GTO mount.  A Skyris 132M camera are used.  RGB is done using a set of Chroma Technology RGB 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 2.0X.

Image acquisition was done using  Torsten Edelmann's Firecapture 2.3 software.  All images are NORTH UP!   The Skyris 132m 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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March 1, 2015

Condition was better today.  Seeing was good but still had to deal with winds and some clouds.

There is an interesting bluish feature on the STB.  The SEBs is very active in this region.   Note the bright area on the SEBs that seems to be the source of the activity on the SEBs.  Is this a disturbance?

The NEB is quiet in this region.  Note the small dark red spot on the NEB.

February 28, 2015

Condition wasn't good this evening because of clouds and moderate winds.    Chris Brian Concepcion was my guest this evening and I showed him how I image Jupiter.

The GRS is well resolved in these images.  It looks like there seems to be remnant of the spot that went around the GRS.  Is this the methane bright spot following the GRS?  The methane bright reddish extension is now gone.  On thing interesting is that the outbreak activity in the area following the GRS seem to have slowed down!  The area is rather dark in Methane band!  Will this be the start of the SEB fade?

Io is the moon at the EZ.  The NEB is quiet in this region.

February 27, 2015

I finally got clear skies today.  Seeing and transparency was excellent but it was a bit windy today.

The SEB is very active in this region with both the SEBn and SEBs having strong activities.  The SPR red spot can be seen in these images.

White Oval Z is just past the CM.  There are a lot of rift activity on the NEB.  Note the dark Oval on the NNTZ that coincide with the Methane bright spot!   This spot is very low contrast in visible light!

February 26, 2015

Another frustrating evening.  The sky was sometimes partially cloudy but mostly overcast.  This is the reason why there is an hour duration between the two images.  Seeing was sometimes excellent but transparency was very variable.

The GRS is prominent in this image. The core is well resolved.  Note the reddish extension on the west side of the GRS.  This extension is bright in Methane band! It seems that this extension is the remnant of an Oval that was torn apart and currently consumed by the GRS.  The halo of the GRS has a yellowish color.  The SEB outbreak is now pushing into the GRS.

The NEB is quiet in this region.  Jupiter's dark moon Callisto can be seen on the NEBs.  Callisto is very bright in Methane band.

 

February 25, 2015

The sky was mostly overcast this evening.  I was able to get a short clearing.  Seeing was excellent but transparency was very poor.  Derotation really helped in making these excellent images!

Oval BA is rising on the left.  The STBm has a string of dark barges while the STrZ has a reddish hue.  The NEB has a lot of rift activity.

 

February 24, 2015

It was overcast this evening.  I was lucky that I had a short clearing.  Seeing was okay but transparency was not very good.

The SEB looks quiet in this region.   One can see the GRS at the right edge setting from view.  There is a new outbreak on the NEB.

February 23, 2015

Condition wasn't great today.   Seeing was okay but transparency was very bad because of clouds!  I only had a brief clearing so I was only able to get a good RGB image.

The GRS and Oval BA can be seen in this image.   Note the dark red spot at the CM close to Oval BA. 

The NEB is complex and a violent outbreak.

This morning, I learned from Sean Walker that the great Planetary Imager Dr Donald Parker passed away.   Don was a pioneer in amateur planetary imaging and a selfless and witty gentleman with a great sense of humor.   Note only was he a great inspiration but when I started imaging planets he was a great help!  I was fortunate to have met him in his home at Coral Gables, FL in 2012.  We did an imaging run with Saturn!

 

February 22, 2015

I wasn't expecting anything this evening.  It was cloudy all day but I got a clearing for an hour.  Seeing was a bit unstable and there were thin clouds that affected the transparency.

White Spot Z is prominent in these images.  This spot is no longer bright in CH4!  But this spot does have a reddish "wake".  The NEB has some rift activity in this region. 

The SEBs is very active this season.  Note the dark blue feature on the STB.  The South Polar red spot is visible.

February 19, 2015

Another night of excellent seeing.

The GRS is setting on these images.   The wake of the GRS is visible in this region.  Note the bluish feature on the STB rising on the left.  The NEB looks quiet in this region.  Note the dark red  spot on the NEBn.

February 18, 2015

Seeing was excellent this evening. 

Here is an image of Jupiter with Oval BA.  The red ring can be seen with the white center resolved.  The GRS can be seen rising on left. 

The STrZ has a dark color and a lot of activity.  There is an interesting bright white feature in the STrZ close to the CM.  The SEB is dark in this region.  While the NEB has a lot of outbreaks and rift activity. 

There is also an interesting mutual even with the Jovian moons Io and Europe.  I was able to catch an occultation of Io by Europa followed by an eclipse 30min after!

Io-Europa Occultation Video

Io-Europa Eclipse Video

February 8, 2015

Seeing was again excellent this evening.  Unfortunately I had to cut short my imaging session because of thunderclouds.  In fact, it rained the rest of the night after I shut down.

Oval BA is rising on the left.   The STrZ looks active this season with a lot of dark features in it.  The SEB looks very complex in this region.  

The white oval on the NTB is bright in methane band.

February 7, 2015

Seeing was excellent this evening.  I back imaging with the Skyris 132M.  It seems that my C14 loves the image scale of this camera. 

Europa and it's shadow is exciting the Jovian disk.  Today is the day after opposition and the shadow is very close to Europa.

The White Oval Z can be seeing rising.  The NEBn looks very complex in this region.  Note the dark barges on the NTB.

The SEB looks quiet in this region.  Note the complex dark spots on the SEBs.

February 6, 2015

Tonight is opposition night of Jupiter.  Unfortunately seeing was a bit unstable! 

The GRS is close to the CM this evening.   The GRS is well resolved.  Note the dark ring inside the GRS.  The wake following the GRS is very complex. 

There are a lot of activity in this region of the NEB.

 

February 5, 2015

Jupiter opposition is now very close.  Note how close Io is to it's shadow.  

The White Spot Z is well resolved and it surrounded by a reddish wake.  The NEB is quiet in this region.   The red barge on the NTB seem to be breaking up.  The SPR red spot is visible.

 

January 31, 2015

It has been a long time since my last image of Jupiter.  Conditions had been very bad since my last image.  This also comes at a very difficult time for my family because my dad passed away recently. 

Seeing was average this evening compounded by clouds.  I had to image through clouds.  I am testing a new camera for this image.

The NEBn Oval Z is now back to white in color.    The NEB looks quiet in this region.   Note the long dark barge on the NTB.   The small oval above Oval Z has a light red tinge.

The SEB looks quiet here.    The South Polar red spot is visible here.

 

November 23, 2014

Seeing was average this morning. 

The GRS is setting on this image.  Note the bright feature to the north west of the GRS.   This may be an outbreak that will be pushed to the north then past the GRS.  The wake of the GRS seems to be pushing south towards the STrZ.

Note the very bright feature on the EZ close to the CM.    The NEB looks quiet in this region.

November 22, 2014

Seeing was good this morning. 

Ganymede's shadow is over the SEBn/EZs.  The SEB looks very complex.   Oval BA is rising on the left.

Note the chaotic outbreak on the NEBs/EZn.  These features are bright in Methane band.  Note the small white ovals lining up on the NNTB. 

November 21, 2014

Seeing was perfect this morning!  But I had to fight dew!  I did not get my dew shield so I had to wipe my corrector plate for every RGB sequence. 

The NEB is very active in this region.  Note the bright feature on the EZn close to the CM.  This area is bright and prominent in CH4!  The outbreaks in the NEB are creating a lot of rifts.

Note the red barge on the NTB.

The SEB is very dark and complex.

November 18, 2014

Seeing was good this morning with periods of perfect seeing.

The GRS is prominent in this image.  Details can be seen inside the GRS.    The GRS halo has a light orange color!  The border between the GRS and SEB has a dark red arc.  The SEB outbreak is pushing into the GRS.  Note the red tadpole like feature following the GRS. 

Oval BA is setting in these images and it still has a light orange tinge. 

There are outbreaks appearing on the NEB.  The dark moon Callisto can be seen to the right of Jupiter.  I had to readjust the brightness of Callisto to make it more visible.  Also because of derotation, I had to put Callisto in manually so it's position might be slightly off. 

 

November 14, 2014

Seeing was excellent this morning.  Unfortunately, I had to shorten my imaging session because of clouds.  I had to salvage my CH4 image.

Note the small dark red spots on the SEB.   The NEB looks very complex.  The outbreak has produced a lot of rifts around the  NEB.  The Oval Z is rising on this image.  There is a reddish tinge on this Oval.  In CH4, this oval has a slight brightening but it isn't as bright as last season.

November 12, 2014

Conditions were variable this morning.  The sky was hazy and seeing was variable. 

The SEB looks very complex in this region.   The NEB is quiet.   The Spot Z on the NEB has a light orange hue.  Spot Z surprisingly is not bright in Methane Band.  Note the large white spot on the NNTB which is bright in Methane band.

November 10, 2014

Seeing was good this morning.

Europa can be seen exciting the Jovian disk.  The SEB looks complex in this region. This is the region before the GRS.   The NEB looks quiet here.

November 8, 2014

My first image of Jupiter for this season.  I had a late start because conditions here in Cebu was just horrible because of monsoon season.  I have also just returned from my travels.  Seeing was just okay this morning with some clouds.

The GRS and Oval BA are prominent in these images and are just past conjunction.  Note the SEB outbreaks are now pushing close to the GRS.  The red center of the GRS has shrunk considerably!   Note the very dark halo  as the outbreak pushing to the GRS!  Note the dark spots on the STrZ preceding the GRS.

Oval BA still has an light orange annulus ring.    Note the CH4 brights spot between the GRS and Oval BA!

The NEB has a bright outbreak.  Note the dark red barge on the NTB.

 

 

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