Jupiter with new DKF 21AU04.AS CCD Camera

I tried my new CCD camera from Imaging source – DKF 21AU04.AS with a RGB color wheel.  It gave great results compared to the Orion solar system Imager III. I used an Orion astrophotograhy flip mirror. The field view is very narrow – and a flip mirror and an eyepiece is very useful to search and keep the planetary objects in focus. Also the CCD wheel is mandatory to move quickly from one filtered view to another – given the fast rotation of Jupiter… The three digital movies have to be done within 3 to 4 minutes max to avoid any loss of details due to the planet rotation.

The seeing was very average  – 3-4 / 10 on ALPO scale.

Telescope: Orion Maksutov Cassegrain 7″ with Atlas Mount Picture was taken at focal plane (f/15).

Jupiter on 8/9/2009 at 3.22am PDT

Stack of 965 frames processed with Registax,  Maxim DSLR, and Paintshop Pro


  1. #1 by Larry Caruso on August 22, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    GREAT! Don’t have your equipment but just wanted to tell you you are doing wonderful work. Thanx again for the photos.

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