ASA OBSERVATION LOG: JUPITER AND SATURN

ASA OBSERVATION LOG: JUPITER AND SATURN

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On the evening of May 7 until the early morning of May 8, 2018, we performed planetary imaging of the two Jovian planets Jupiter and Saturn using the observatory’s 16-inch Meade LX850 SCT and ZWO1600MC cooled camera. 

The sky was clear throughout the night with temperatures, humidity, and wind speed of 27.8 degrees Celsius, 63%, and 6.5kph from west respectively at the time Jupiter was captured, and 20.6 degrees Celsius, 84% and 0.4kph from west respectively when Saturn was taken. All weather information stated was from the records of NCMS Al Wathbah station which is located near the observatory. Seeing was average and transparency is good.

2 nights before its opposition, Jupiter, its atmospheric bands and its 4 Galilean moons were distinctively captured. The second moon of Jupiter, Europa was about to go behind the gas giant at that time. On the other hand, Saturn and its magnificent ring structure were also nicely taken but not much detail due to the average seeing condition.

The images below were the result of stacking 50% of 500 frames acquired through video and some color and highlight enhancements.

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