JUPITER ON 2017/04/09

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Observation place
Yatch Haven Park & ​​Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


TelescopeCelestron EdgeHD 800 Schmidt-Cassegrain - Diameter 203mm (8 ''), focal length 2032mm, f / 10
Barlow 2X (f / 20)
MountCelestron CGEM
Imaging cameraZWO UPS 120MM (monochrome)
Selected resolution640 480 pixels x
Image typeR (RGB)
The red image was chosen as the luminance image
Exhibition0,016 seconds, average 56 fps for each of the RGB images
Number of imagesSelection of the best 750 photos out of 1 taken for each of the R, G and B images
Image acquisition softwareFireCapture
TreatmentPIPP, AutoStakker, PixInsight and Photoshop

Object description

Object typePlanet
Visual magnitude-2,5
Diameter 142 796 km
Dimension seen from Earth44,2 arc seconds
Distance Mars - Earth when shooting4,454917 AU (666,45 million km)
Currently, Jupiter is in opposition to the earth, which means that it is closest to the earth. It is at its minimum opposition.  

Jupiter is a giant gas planet. It is the largest planet in the solar system, larger and more massive than all the other planets combined, and the fifth planet by its distance from the Sun (after Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars).
Taking into account the average atmospheric agitation (3/5), we can appreciate a very good resolution of the planet. It was not possible to know the transparency of the sky, because the cloud cover was too important. My personal assessment is average transparency (3/5).

I was very keen to take the planet that night because it was at its minimum opposition. To better combat the air turbulence, I used the image with the red filter as the luminance image, because the latter is less sensitive to the atmospheric agitation of the Earth.
Richard Beauregard
Sky Astro - CCD
My impression "We cannot be alone in this gigantic universe"