By Christopher Go

All images were taken using a Celestron  C14  mounted on an Astrophysics AP900GTO mount.  A QHY 290M camera was used is these images.    RGB is done using a set of Chroma Technology RGB filters on a Starlight Xpress Motorized filter wheel.  Methane band images are done using a Chroma Methane Band filter (889nm  18nm bandpass).  UV images are done using a Astrodon UV filter.   Amplification is done using an Astrophysics Advance Convertible Barlow working at 2.0X.

Image acquisition was done using  Torsten Edelmann's Firecapture 2.5beta 64bit software.  All images are NORTH UP!     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.

All images of this site are my property.  If you wish to publish it on your site or print, please email me for permission.



My old images can be viewed at:
2007 Images   2008 Images   2011 Images ALPO Archives
2009 Images   2010 Images   2012 Images ALPO Japan Jupiter Section
2013 Images   2014 Images   2015 Images Jupiter with my C8
2016 Images   2018 Images  




February 21, 2019
I finally got a decent image of Jupiter with the GRS!

The GRS is well resolved in these images.  Note the dark center core.   Following the GRS is what looks like an outbreak.  This feature is not very bright in methane band.  So this might not be the outbreak that will revive the SEB.   The dark band on the SEBn around the GRS looks veyr interesting.  Parts of the wake following the GRS is bright in methane band.

The White Spot Z can be seen north of the GRS.   In methane band, a slight brightening can be seen in the area of this feature.

February 19, 2019
The weather has been frustrating during the last week.  It is clear most of the day except for around dawn.  I was fortunate today that the sky cleared a few minutes before sunrise.  Seeing was still unstable.

The SEB is very pale while the EZ still has a strong ochre color.  The reddish band on the EZs can still be seen.   The is an outbreak on the NEB.


February 12, 2019
Condition was poor again today.  This was due to the N winds.

The NEB is quiet in this region.  The EZ has a strong ochre color with an amber tinge. 

February 11, 2019
Condition was very poor today. 

The GRS has a very strong color.  Oval BA is moving away from the GRS.  The southern edge of the SEB is very dark.

February 7, 2019
Condition was poor today.  The atmosphere was very unstable. 

Most of the SEB has become pale except for its southern edge and the mid-SEB.   Oval BA can be seen rising on the left in the methane band image.  The NEB is very dark in contrast to the SEB.


February 7, 2019
Condition was good today.  

SEB is fading.  The color of the SEB is very similar to the color of the EZ!    The SEBn is very dark.  There is a faint bluish feature on the STB.  Is the the STB Spectre or  Ghost?   This feature is dark in methane band.  There are some ovals visible on the SPR.  These are prominent in the IR image.

The EZ has a strong reddish haze.  The NEB is narrow with a lot of rifting.   Note the subtle reddish band on the NTB.

February 2, 2019
Condition was better today compared to yesterday but seeing was still a bit unstable.  Transparency was poor.

The GRS is setting on the right.  Note the reddish patch following the GRS.  This feature is bright in methane band.   The SEB is indeed fading!  The SEBn has basically lost color!  The EZ has a reddish hue.  The NEB looks quiet in this region.


February 1, 2019
We are currently experiencing the NE monsoon.  This brought a lot of cloudy skies here in our region.   It was clear this morning but seeing was poor due to the low altitude of Jupiter.

Oval BA can be seen rising on the lower left.  Oval BA is still bright in CH4.   Note the SEB seems to be fading!   Note the dark red barge on the mid SEB.   The EZ has a strong yellow color with a reddish band on the mid-EZ.  The EZ is very bright in CH4.  There is a bright outbreak on the NEB.

January 15, 2019
Condition was terrible today.  Transparency was poor because I had to image through clouds.  Seeing was also poor.

The mid-EZ seems to be forming a reddish belt.  I had observed this on my previous image but it is much clearer now.   The SEBs has a very dark.


January 6, 2019

Here is my first image of Jupiter for this season. Imaging was a bit challenging because Jupiter is so low in the sky, less than 25 deg! Seeing was terrible but I had to capture something.

The GRS and Oval BA can be seen on these images. The GRS still has very strong orange color. One thing interesting is that Oval BA looks WHITE! This is probably due to the quality of the image. In Methane Band, BA is not as bright as before. The entire EZ has a dark yellow color with the EZs having a reddish hue.

FYI, those who are using QHY series 3 cameras should update to the latest Windows 10 driver. I went crazy this morning when my laptop refuses to recognize my camera! Fortunately, the latest Win 10 driver fixed this problem.


Copyright 2017 Christopher Go (chris@cstoneind.com)