The seeing was exceptionally rare, this morning. There was heavy dew (but more manageable than yesterday) and it was cool (about 44 degrees F). There was little to no trace of upper level winds and at times the only wavering of the planet on the monitor was due to the “flicker” associated with the camera running at about 80 frames/second.
Attached is a quickly processed view of the final capture, just as dawn broke and the background sky began to lighten. I’ll be adding the rest of the data from this session later, when I have time to process it.
It’s noteworthy that the planet’s altitude was only about 54 degrees when this was taken, as the level detail rivals shots from prior apparitions when the planet was much closer to opposition (closer to us) and higher in the sky. Also, I continue to use the Flea3-m camera. A new camera has been introduced that many imagers are adopting (ASI120mm) but I haven’t gotten around to ordering one. I was considering doing so closer to opposition.
Here’s a three-frame animation covering 9:44-9:56ut. Comparing the three overlapping frames allows for a clearer view of the significant portions of the data.
and the customary versions…
and an image in IR light.