Stacked Images of Jupiter (24.03.2017)

My First Sky Tour

It made a change for there to be good weather on a weekend, so I took the opportunity to get out with my scope and new mount. Using a GoTo mount to help find the fainter objects makes such a difference, especially in a high light polluted area like where I live. I started the night observing the double star Mizar, in Ursa Major. With the weather being so good, I took the opportunity to setup my DSLR in the hope of getting some practice taking snaps with the new mount. I wasn’t disappointed.

After taking several shots of Mizar I decided to move on, but as the view from my location is restricted due to building and trees I only have a few options. Using Stellarium I hopped over to M3, an open star cluster. At first I was not sure if the scope had hit its target, but after a few moments I could just about work out a faint smudge like glow near the centre of my view. After observing for a few minutes I once again setup the DSLR, taking several snaps at different setting to get the clearest shop.

After M3 I moved to M52, another open star cluster before moving on to Jupiter for the remainder of the evening.

As my journey through at wonders of the universe, my enlightenment to its beauty and vastness still amaze me. As an amateur astronomer just starting out on my adventure, this is my blog and record of that adventure.

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