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Our Solar System
DateFeb. 27, 2012 4:48UT
EquipmentC14, DMKAU618.AS, f/28, resized 225%, Astronomik RGB filters
DescriptionSeeing was very good providing a very sharp B channel. Delicate cloud detail was captured.
PhotographerEfrain Morales Rivera
LocationAguadilla, Puerto Rico
EquipmentEquipment: LX200ACF 12 in. OTA, F30, CGE mount, PGR Flea3 Ccd, TeleVue 3x barlows, Astronomik L, RGB filter set.
DescriptionSaturn King of the Ring Planets, My most recent session from Feb. 21st, 07:37ut. In the northern pole region remmants of the Serpent Storm could still be seen (grn/blu band) and two moons could be seen at top Left Enceladus top Right Tehtys.
Equipment8" SCT Celestron NexStar 8 GPS, 40mm eyepiece, Digicam with teleconverter
DescriptionA rare amateur photo of the atmosphere ring around Venus from 2004. Try it june 6th. this year, it will be your last chance.
EquipmentDate: 12/04/22 11:00 UT-3 Lunt 60mm H alpha telescope + Canon 600D unmod Barlow 2x Processing: Iris 5.59
DescriptionOur sun is going to reach a solar maximum sometime around the end of the year or in early 2013 and it looks it is going to be quite a show. Please do not attempt these kind of images without proper filters and never ever look directly at the sun!
LocationCittadella (PD) - Italy
DateMarch 16, 2012 - 21.47 UT
EquipmentCelestron C5 XLT on CG-4 mount TS CCD planetary camera IR-cut filter Barlow Antares 3x
DescriptionThe image shows the large volcanoes of Mars that emerge from the clouds. The high contrast offered by the surrounding clouds give high contrast, allowing to capture these details with only 5" of aperture.
LocationPommier Observatory, Portland, OR, USA
Date2012-03-07 through 2012-04-17
EquipmentCelestron Compustar C14 Telescope/Mount with Tele Vue 2x Power Mate (f/22) Point Grey Research Flea3 Color Camera. Best 300 frames out of 1500 at 24 fps for left image, best 400 frames out of 3000 at 60 fps for center and right images. Seeing conditions were poor (Damian Peach scale), but clear weather in March and April are rare in Oregon, so any data are better than no data.
DescriptionEarth passed between the Sun and Mars, known as opposition, on 2012-03-03 and made closest approach on 2012-03-05. Around these times, Mars ‘disk is illuminated in full phase and exhibits its greatest apparent diameter. Subsequently, Earth pulls ahead of Mars and we look back on the morning terminator of a waning gibbous Mars whose disk shrinks as it seemingly recedes in the distance. These images show that even small changes in disk size have a profound impact on the apparent sizes of surface features, like Acidalia Planitia, Margaritifer Terra, Sinus Meridiani, and Syrtis Major, making them progessively more challenging to capture.
PhotographerCraig & Tammy Temple
LocationHendersonville, TN, USA
DateApril 23, 2012 @ 11:56am CDST
EquipmentTelescope: Lunt Solar Systems LS60THa/B1200CPT Accessories: LS50FHa Double-stack etalon Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2 Camera: Imaging Source DMK31 Exposure: 25.2ms Gain: 415 Length: 1:30 @ 30fps Acquisition: Fire Capture Processing: ImagesPlus 4.5b Post-processing: ImagesPlus 4.5b; Adobe Photoshop CS5 Capture time: April 23, 2012, 11:56am Capture conditions: 64.8°F ; transparency: Above avg 4/5; seeing: Poor 4/5
DescriptionOn April 23, 2012 the Sun showed some interesting features and we were able to capture all of them in this 5-panel mosaic. While the proms along the solar limb were not large, there were many. Filaments and sunspots were also plentiful in this image. Sunspot AR1460 is at the top of this shot. Coming around to the 2 o'clock position near the limb is Sunspot AR1462. Continuing down and to the left of AR1462 is Sunspot AR1459. Moving down and slightly left is Sunspot AR1465 with a newly emerging Sunspot region directly to its left.
PhotographerMohammad Mehdi Asgari
EquipmentCanon 450D,sigma 500mm,iso 800,F/9
Date4/2/12 9:43 PM
EquipmentFirstScope 90AZ Telescope with Sony DSX-W570 camera.
DescriptionThe Crater Plato.
LocationWest Chester, Ohio
DateApril 7, 2012
EquipmentBorg 76ED Celestron CG5-ASGT Lunt LS50/B1200 Imaging Source DMK 41AU02.AS
DescriptionThis is my first attempt at a mosaic of the sun. This is a two-panel mosaic showing the sun and prominences visible in the afternoon of April 7, 2012 over West Chester, Ohio.
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