Waxing Moon and Jupiter

On March 17, a cool, clear evening, I decided to head out and try to photograph Pan-STARRS, but instead took a few shots of the waxing moon and of Jupiter. 

Waxing quarter moon

4 of Jupiter’s satellites were nicely visible, but its brightness overwhelmed; more experimenting is required.  

Jupiter and 4 of its moons (Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa)

A few crops with varying exposures are below, but I need to head out again and try a few more with mirror-lockup.  

Jupiter and 4 of its moons (Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa)  Closeup of Jupiter, faint banding is visible

Also, with the 700mm (500 + 1.4 extender) and the general rule-of-thumb to avoid star trails (exposure less than 1,000/focal length), I will be quite limited with long exposures and the big glass.  An equatorial mount and clock-drive would do the trick 🙂

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    One Response to Waxing Moon and Jupiter

    1. Ica says:

      trippy. It reminds me of tnhigs I used to see when I was having my macular detachment, free-floating and constantly mutating colored light oozing across my field of vision, a glowing that embraced in countless fibers of light the entire spectra of visible light, whether my eyes were opened or closed. It most closely resembled the flow of gasoline on a mud puddle after a rainy day, except that it was inside my eye and incandescent. Pinkfloyd wishes they had a light show like that and it was one of the most beautiful tnhigs I have ever seen were it not for the terrifying realization that I was also going blind and could no longer read.

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