Here’s a widefield view of Crater Plato and the Sinus Iridum (the half moon to the lower right from Plato), taken this evening while I wait for Saturn to rise.
We were supposed to be clouded-out, last night. However, I noticed that the skies cleared around 10pm and the seeing steadied around the time of culmination. With Saturn at about 38 degrees altitude, here are some images of the ringed gas-giant.
Here is an image in near-IR (>742nm)
And finally the original RGB that adds a 50% luminance from the IR (purely for aesthetics, but it does help to see the smaller details visible in the IR image).
Here’s an image of M3, taken last night under very unstable (but quite transparent) skies. The seeing was too poor for planetary work, but I didn’t want to let the clear skies go to waste.
It’s been a while since my last images, but the weather has been quite horrid here for the past few months. Here are some images of Jupiter taken late this afternoon, about an hour before sunset. The sun was a bit more than 8 degrees above the horizon, so these were taken in essentially full daylight. The transparency was excellent and the seeing wasn’t too bad.
This will probably be my last Jupiter image of the apparition, but the new apparition is just around the corner.