JUPITER 2015/16 SEASON

By Christopher Go

JUNO will arrive in Jupiter this coming July! 

All images were taken using a Celestron  C14  mounted on an Astrophysics AP900GTO mount.   I used a Celestron Skyris Protype Camera starting April 2016.  Images taken after March 30 were taken using a prototype Skyris camera.  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 Convertible Barlow working at 2.0X.

Image acquisition was done using  Torsten Edelmann's Firecapture 2.5beta 64bit software.  All images are NORTH UP!   The Skyris 236M camera is controlled by a Thinkpad T530 through the USB 3.0 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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April 30 2016  Part I

This is the first part of the imaging run tonight.  The second part will feature the Great Red Spot..  Seeing and transparency was variable tonight.

The GRS is rising in these images.  The NEB is narrow in this region.  The NTB is active here.

April 29, 2016 

Transparency was so poor today due to clouds.  Seeing was average.

The SEB is very turbulent due to the wake of the GRS.  Oval BA can be seen on the western edge.  The SEB is dark and narrow in this region.

 

April 28, 2016 

Seeing was average today but still unstable.  Transparency was poor.  I had a late imaging run because I had to attend an activity.  Tomio was imaging with my telescope while I was away.

The GRS is well resolved.  Note the dark streak surround the halo and the SEB.  The wake of the GRS is very turbulent.  Oval BA is peeking on the left.

White Spot Z is on the NEBn.  Outbreaks are starting to form on the NEB.  Note the dark red ovals following WSZ.

April 27, 2016 

The sky was mostly cloudy today.  There was a small clearing.  I was able to capture 2 sets of RGB before Jupiter was under the clouds again.  Seeing was great!

The STB Ghost seems to be interacting with a dark oval on the SSTB.    Note the bright outbreak on the STB and the interaction of the EZ festoon with the NEB.

 

April 26, 2016 

Condition was poor today because of high altitude turbulence.   I also had to deal with passing clouds.

The GRS is setting and has an impressive wake.   Oval BA is well resolved with it's red ring.  Note the dark round ovals on the NEB.

April 25, 2016 

Seeing was good today.  

Lots of rifts on the NEB.  The SEB is very active in this region.  The STB Ghost can be seen setting on the right.  This feature is very dark in Methane band.

 

April 24, 2016 

Seeing was good today.  I finally got to use the Astrophysics Advance Convertible Barlow on Jupiter.  My images are now much sharper than before.  The only problem I have now is the image scale is just too large.  Will try to find a way to scale this down.

Oval BA is setting on the right.  The dark red ring is still prominent.  The features following Oval  BA are very dark in methane band. The NEB is quiet in this region.   The wake of the GRS can be seen at the SEBs.

April 23, 2016  GRS

April 23, 2016 

Seeing was variable at the start of my imaging run but improved as Jupiter got higher.

The GRS is well resolved.  The edge of the GRS touching the SEB is very dark!  The wake of the GRS is still very turbulent.   White Spot Z is prominent on the NEBn.  This spot is still very methane dark.  The STB Ghost like feature is now under the GRS!   The small pink spot is still there.  The south polar red spot is now very low contrast.

April 21, 2016 

Seeing was variable today.  The GRS is well resolved.  The dark core and the dark band edge is resolved.  There is a dark feature between the GRS and the SEB wake.  The SEB wake is very complex.   Note the STB ghost like feature with it's small pink spot is about to have a conjunction with the GRS.  The south polar red spot can be seen below the GRS.

The White Spot Z is prominent on the NEBn. This feature is clearly dark in Methane Band which is puzzling because this spot is an anticyclone and was once a methane bright spot!   The NEB has a lot of rift acitivity.

April 20, 2016 

Seeing was better today.

Note the outbreak on the NEB setting on the right.  A lot of rift on the NEB in this region.  The NTB is very active in this region.

THe GRS is rising on the left on the second image.

April 19, 2016 

Just arrived from my trip to the US.  It was great to meet a lot of friends at NEAIC and NEAF.  I was very drowsy when I took these images.   Condition was not great.  Winds were very gusty and seeing was variable.  Jupiter was dancing around the FOV!

Io can be seen transiting on the NEB.  The NEB is very quiet in this region.  The SEB continues to be very active.  Oval BA can be seen setting on the right.  Europa is just about to transit Jupiter. 

April 2, 2016 

Seeing was variable this evening but with periods of good seeing.

Oval BA is well resolved in these images.   Note the small dark spots following Oval BA.  They are merging as I had predicted 2 days ago!

The wake of the GRS is very turbulent.  The NEB is wide and dark in this region.  Note two bright outbreaks on the NEB.  Interestingly these outbreaks are not bright in CH4. 

April 1, 2016 

GRS Close up...  Note the features inside the GRS.  The dark core is well resolved and note the dark streaks and tiny ovals inside the GRS.  This image was deprojected using Winjupos and is a compilation of around 30min of derotated data.

 

April 1, 2016 

Condition was close to perfect today.  Finally perfected the setting of the new prototype camera.  

The GRS is well resolved in these images.   The wake of the GRS continues to be very turbulent.  The STB Ghost like feature is getting close to the GRS.  The pink oval embedded in this feature is still there.

 White Spot Z can be seen north of the GRS.  Note the bright point outbreak on the NEB north of the GRS.  And the SPR red spot is south of the GRS. 

March 31, 2016 

Condition was good today.  I did some tweaks in the setting of the prototype camera and some adjustments on my OTA.  The details of the color image from pole to pole are astounding!    I love this new camera!

Oval BA is setting on the right.  Note the two small dark spots following Oval BA.  These two have been coming closer and close.  I bet these will merge in the next 1-3 days  

The SEBs is very turbulent.   Note the very bright outbreak on the NEB and the bright rift to its left!  The NEB has a lot of rifting.  Note the dark red spots on the NEBn.

The details on the temperate and polar regions are stunning!

March 30, 2016 

Seeing was  unstable today.   We are still having northerly wind which is really affecting seeing.

I'm back using the prototype camera.  The GRS is well resolved.  Note the streaks inside the GRS.  The wake of the GRS is very turbulent with a lot of major outbreaks!  White Spot Z can be seen on the NEB.  The North Polar Red Spot can also be seen south of the GRS.

March 29, 2016 

Seeing was very bad today.   We had the northerly wind which made Jupiter very mushy.  I had to take a lot of images to get some acceptable images.

The STB Ghost is prominent on these images.  The NEB is quiet in this region.

March 28, 2016 

Exciting imaging session today.  When I started my setup, it was mostly clear.  After setting up, the sky became overcast.  I thought this was just a passing cloud.  Suddenly, it started to drizzle!!  I was in panic and had to cover take down everything and cover my telescope.  Unfortunately, I dropped my focuser control and it died!  After 5 minutes, the sky cleared!  Thank goodness my AP900GTO mount can control the focuser!  So I will be temporarily using this to control the focuser until I get a new controller at NEAF!  Seeing was variable this evening.  After getting my first set of images, seeing went downhill so I gave up.

Oval BA can be seen just past the CM.  It still has a strong orange color with a distorted core.  The SEB is very turbulent.  Note the bright white outbreak setting on the right.  The NEB has a lot of complex rifts and a few outbreaks.

 

March 26, 2016 

Condition was good this evening.  I just made some changes in my workflow.  For final sharpening, I am now using Google Nix Sharpener Pro tool.

Oval BA is setting on the right.  Note the complex rift on the NEB.   The SEB is also very turbulent.

March 25, 2016 

Condition was good this today.

The GRS is well resolved.  Note the tiny vortices inside the GRS.   The wake of the GRS is very turbulent.   Note the small red spot following the red spot.  There is a bright streak on the northern side of this small spot.   White Spot Z is also well resolved.  The edge of this spot is dark red and it has a bright center.  The feature looks like an eye.

March 24, 2016 

Condition was variable today but seeing was mostly good.  It was also a bit windy.

The STB Ghost is prominent in these images.    Note the small white spots on the southern half of the SEB.  The NEB is quiet in this region.  While the NTB is active here with all those small white spots.

March 23, 2016 

I imaged very early today. Probably too early as I was tutoring a friend Chris Brian Conception on how to image Jupiter.

Finally, the GRS and Oval BA on the same frame!  Oval BA is slowly approaching the GRS it's one every two years conjunction which will probably happen later this year.  THe wake of the GRS is very turbulent.  Note the tiny pink spot embedded on the STB Ghost like feature.  White Spot Z can be seen on the NEBn.

March 22, 2016 

Seeing was not very good today.

The STB Ghost can be seen just past the CM.  The NEB is quiet in this region.    The NTB is active in this region. 

March 21, 2016 

It was partially cloudy again this evening.  Seeing was much better than yesterday. 

Oval BA is well resolved.  The white core seems to be distorted.  The SEB is very turbulent.   There is a very bright region in the EZn  enclosed by a huge festoon just before the CM.

March 20, 2016 

It was partially cloudy today and with high winds.  Seeing was below average and transparency made imaging challenging.  I had to reject a lot of data.

The GRS is well resolved.  Note the bright streak on STrZ on the lower right of the GRS.  The wake of the GRS looks very violent with bright outbreaks very close to the GRS. 

The South Polar red spot can be seen below the GRS.  White Spot Z can be seen on the NEBn.

 

March 19, 2016 

Seeing was good today.  I was only able to capture 1 set of images before clouds rolled in while I was imaging in Methane band.

The STB Ghost can be seen in this image.  Note the small white spots lining up immediately north of this feature.  The elongated portion of the STB Ghost seem to have a faint coloration.

The SSTB has some interesting features in between the white spots.  The dark red barge on the SEB is still very prominent.  There are a lot of rifts on the NEB, but no outbreaks.

March 18, 2016 

Seeing was variable this evening. 

There are three red spots in this image.  The GRS is the most prominent.  The wake of the GRS is very chaotic here.    There are a lot of outbreaks on this wake and these can be seen clearly in the Methane Band image.

The second red spot is the South Polar Red Spot which is due south of the GRS.  On the left, Oval BA is peeking out as the 3rd red spot.

White Spot Z is showing some structure inside.  This spot is still methane dark.

Note the small pink oval on the STB embedded on the "STB Ghost" - like feature.

March 17, 2016 

Seeing was average this evening.  

The STB ghost is prominent in these images.  The NEB looks quiet this region.  The NEB is active in this region.

March 16, 2016 

Seeing was excellent this evening. Unfortunately, after my first run, clouds rolled it.

Oval BA is well resolved in these images.  The central white core of Oval BA seem to be flattened!  Note the white streaks on north side of the orange ring of Oval BA!

The wake of the GRS looks very active.  The NEB is dark and wide in this region.

March 15, 2016 

Condition was poor today.  I had to cut short my imaging run because clouds rolled it. 

The GRS is rising on this image.   The region preceding the GRS has a very light color. The NEB is quiet and narrow in this region. 

March 14, 2016 

Condition was good this evening. 

The STB Ghost  can be seen rising on the right.  The dark red barge on the SEB is still prominent.  A feeston is creating a rift system on the NEB.

March 12, 2016 

Seeing was variable this evening.  I had to deal with clouds.  I'm back to using the Skyris 236M as I have having some hardware issue with my early prototype camera.

The GRS is rising in this image.  The SEB ghost can be seen setting on the right.  The bright feature in the mid SEB can be seen on the CM.  The NEB is narrow in this region. 

March 11, 2016 

Seeing was challenging.  Seeing was mostly very bad but there was a period of good seeing.

Fire and Ice!  A double transit of volcanic Io and the ice moon Europa!  The moons are close to their shadow because it is still close to opposition.

Oval BA is prominent and has a stronger color.  The orange ring is very prominent.  The wake of the GRS can be seen on the right.  The NEB is quiet in this region.

 

March 10, 2016 

Seeing was variable this evening.   I am testing a new prototype camera for Skyris.  This camera is incredible!

The GRS is well resolved with the dark core and some features the right edge.  The of the GRS is very turbulent.  The South Polar red Spot is prominent.  The White Spot Z rules of the NEBn. 

 

March 9, 2016 

Seeing was unstable at the start of the session but improved as Jupiter got higher..

Oval BA can be seen setting on the right.  The SEBn and SEBs is very turbulent. The NEB has some outbreaks and complex rift activity.

March 7, 2016 

Seeing was good this evening.

Oval BA is now approaching the GRS.  Note the bright outbreak on the wake of the GRS.  This outbreak reminds me of the outbreak that started the last revival of the SEB.  This outbreak is bright in methane band.  Note the little red spot on the STB embedded on a bluish feature like the STB Ghost.

The NEB is quiet in this region. White Spot Z is setting on the right.  The dark red barge on the CM of the NEB looks interesting.

March 5, 2016 

I spent more than 2 hrs imaging!  Seeing was variable but with periods of very good seeing.

The most prominent feature is the Great Red Spot which is resolved to the core!  There are outbreaks on the wake of the GRS.  The South Polar Red Spot is also prominent directly south of the GRS.

White Spot Z can also be seen and it is on a very active region on the NEBn.  There are a lot of rift activity on the NEB. 

 

March 3, 2016 

Seeing was very good this evening. But because I was a bit sleepy, I  neglected to do fine focus.  (Stupid me!) Most of my G and B channels were out of focus.  I had to derotate more data to salvage last night's imaging run.  This is the reason for the vertical bands on the image. I'm very happy with the nice CH4 image I was able to capture!

The GRS has a very strong color.  In the IR image, there is a distinctive bright spot inside the GRS.  Bright outbreaks are appearing on the wake of the GRS. 

The South Polar red spot is prominent below the GRS.  THis spot is bright in Methane band.  White Spot Z can be seen on the NEBn.  There is a small white spot directly south of the WSZ within the reddish halo.

March 2, 2016 

Seeing was variable this evening but a good period of near perfect seeing.

Ganymede and it's shadow can be seen transiting on Jupiter's disk.  Lots of details resolved on Ganymede including a bright polar cap.

The NEB is active in this region with a bright outbreak and complex rifts.  The dark red barge on the SEB is still prominent.   The STB Ghost can be seen rising on the left on the 2nd image.

Copyright 2016 Christopher Go (chris@cstoneind.com)