These images were shot mainly in Sechelt and Gibsons.

Kinnikinnik Park and Shirley Macey Park are two of the local dark sky sites

remaining.  The Milky Way is visible also from The Beach in Roberts Creek.




Mars 2010



2010 was the first time I've actually seen

any detail on Mars.  On several occasions the

Polar ice cap and dark surface features were

easily visible.




Mercury - May 2008





Mercury - B&W










Mercury

The closest planet to The Sun is the only planet Hubble has never imaged.  The risk of damage to Hubble is too great.  Mercury never strays far from the Sun from Earth's perspective and so is only visible for a few days either side of opposition. 


This image was taken without a telescope.  The Canon 300D on a Tripod with Zoom at 120mm.  The image was enlarged 1,000% and processed in PhotoShop for sharpness.

Saturn - April 2008










Saturn

The ringed wonder is over a Billion Kilometers away.

It should be no surprise then that its quite difficult to image without specialised equipment.  Saturn can be quite dim with resulting camera shutter speeds being slow.  This tends to blur the image.


This image is 800 video frames from a pocket digital camera.

Each frame on its own is horribly noisy with almost no detail visible.  But stack them together and the hidden features overpower the noise.  Visually there were several moons in attendance.


(April 2008)



Saturn - April 2008
















Saturn

This image is a composite of 1695 video frames, taken a few nights after the Saturn image above.


(April 2008)

Mars - July 2005














MARS

This image was taken when Mars was around 7 arc seconds in diameter, long before Mars reached opposition.  I fired off a quick couple of runs on the LPI just before 3.00am when we were about to leave Kinikinnik Park after an evening of viewing. 


Later during the summer (below) when Mars was much closer and around 19 arc seconds in size, the image was much brighter and it was harder to find detail.


(July 2005)



Mars - October 2005
















Mars

Mars was near opposition but it was very difficult to see any features visually.  There was just a hint of shading to be seen.  Image processing brought out some apparent features that I was suspicous of until a month or two later an issue of the now defunct 'Night Sky' magazine had a picture on the cover showing features exactly matching our image.


(October 2005)


June - 2008







May - 2005













Jupiter from Shirley Macey Park in Gibsons.  This image was captured using a 6" Newtonian and a Pentax Optio E3 pocket digital camera.  Over 1,900 frames were stacked.  Its interesting to compare with the previous best Jupiter image below obtained with a 7" Apo Refractor and Canon DSLR.





















Jupiter

Jupiter from Osoyoos in 2005.  This was taken with our Canon DSLR on Jack Newton's 7" Refractor during our Astrophotography Tutorial with 'The Master'.  This is a single frame processed in Photoshop.



(May 2005)








Jupiter - April 2005














Jupiter with Io, Ganymede, Calisto, Europa

Osoyoos 2005 - Canon DSLR

This is a composite image with Jupiter and The Moons captured with different exposures and combined in Photoshop.



(April 2005)








Jupiter and Moons - May 2005




Our First Astro-Photo!










Jupiter with Io, Ganymede, Calisto, Europa

Our first Astrophoto! 

Taken with the LPI and the Meade 127mm Refractor on the Balcony at The Osprey.  The balcony overlooks The Osprey parking lot and is horribly light polluted, but the planets are bright and so imaging and viewing is still possible.


(May 2005)












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