Photo of the Week #496: Jupiter
Viewing minute planetary details requires a steady atmosphere and patience. Observers can spend hours at the eyepiece, hoping and waiting for that millisecond when the air magically appears perfectly still and fantastic detail suddenly pop into view.
Capturing those moments of fine planetary detail was beyond the capabilities if film emulsions, but today planetary digital cameras can aquire thousands of short exposures over the course of an observing session and then stack the best images to create stunning portaits of our neighbour worlds.
On November 15, 2012, Daniel Borcard imaged Jupiter from his observatory in St-Roch-de-l'Achigan, Québec. Daniel captured the transit of Io on this night, stacking 400 to 600 frames for each image of Jupiter. He used a Celestron 9.25-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with a 2.5 Tele Vue Powermate and an Imaging Source DBK21AU618.as camera to capture the images.