Photo of the Week for February 26, 2016
Jupiter now rises during twilight, clearing the eastern horizon at about 7 p.m., local standard time. By 9 p.m., the big planet is high enough for decent telescopic views. Of course, getting clear skies at this time of year can be a challenge. As imager Michael Pataky notes, “This has been a tough season for imaging Jupiter — to date this is my only image after many clouded-out attempts.” But what a fine image!
Michael made this Jupiter portrait on February 5 at his observatory in South Woodslee, near Windsor, Ontario. He acquire the image data with a Point Grey Research Fea3 monochromatic CCD camera equipped with Baader Planetarium RGB filters and attached to a R.F. Royce 12.5-inch Dall-Kirkham reflector telescope.