Uranus, Jupiter & Moon on winter solstice.

At a distance of 2852 000 000 km, with an apparent disc only 3,7″ across, Uranus is hardly our neighbourhood’s planet.

It was easy to detect with binoculars, also in a 8×50 finderscope it stood clearly out as a ‘fat’ star, with a slight green-bluish color.

It imaged this with the ASI2600 MC One-shot-color camera, which was clearly a mistake. The “details” (like half the planet that is brighter) only pop out when imaging in infrared. next time better!

Jupiter is fading away in the Wetern sky, getting closer to the setting sun every day.

Jupiter in a moment of good seeing

Against all odds, at an altitude of only 21°, we got some good seeing last night on Jupiter. When I imegad the planet from the south of France last August, where it was a few degrees higher in the sky, and in a region known for it’s good seeing, I was really convinced that this was it for the season.

As the stars didn’t twinkle last night I gave it another try, and honoustly the result might be a bit better compared to France.

Image with the same 18cm Maksutov, this time with an ASI290MC and an ADC. (no barlow)

I couldn’t use the C11 as the EQ8 was occupied imaging deep sky with the tiny 76mm.

00u32m CET 4 sep 2021 Maksutov 18cm ASI290mc 180s @fps 40 ADC
00u42m 4 sep 2021 Maksutov 18cm ASI290mc 180s @fps 40 ADC