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¤····Subject: Jupiter 26 February 2015. Io and double shadow(Io/Callisto) transit

Received: 28 February 2015 at 19:40 JST

 

Hi all

2 Image sets and separate IR image from 26 Feb during the Io and double shadow transit.

Seeing conditions were fairly poor (unfortunately pretty standard for us at this time of year under the recent weather conditions)

 

RGB and IR-RGB images were generated from the same set of R(1933.8UT), G(1935.5UT) and B(1936.9UT) images. All at f27.5 (2.5x Televue Barlow). The IR was taken at 1942.0UT.

 

The separate IR image was taken at f33 (3x Televue Barlow) as I was closing up for the evening.

 

 

 


 


 


 Best regards, Clyde

 

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 26 February 2015

Received: 27 February 2015 at 02:53 JST

 

Good evening all

 

IR image from this evening.

 

Best regards, Clyde

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150226/CFs26Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter 23 February 2015

Received: 26 February 2015 at 04:44 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Images from 23 Feb.

 


 

Best regards, Clyde

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: solar and Jupiter Images from 18th and 21st Feb-2015

Received: 25 February 2015 at 02:30 JST

 

Hi Guys here are some solar phenomena from the 18th and a couple of Jupiter in poor seeing from the 21st.

The sun is pretty quiescent just now.

 

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Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

¤····Subject: A giant star has fallen

Received: 24 February 2015 at 16:18 JST

 

Dear all,

I feel the deepest sorrow to learn of the passing away of Donald PARKER. He himself was the history of evolution in the amateur planetary imaging from the silver-salt photography to the present-day digital imaging. Every old planetary photographer remembers the g Chick and Donfs Golden Combinationh : gas-hypered Tech Pan film/diluted Rodinal development. And we have been so many times surprised and stimulated by his superb planetary images including the Martian one still decorating the CMO/ISMO Façade taken on 8 February 2014 when the red planet was only 9.5 arcseconds across, showing that his imaging/processing performance was just surpassing the classical theoretical limit of optical resolution. For us Japanese amateur astronomers he was like the fastest skilful driver in an big American car leading the planetary imaging race, often defeated contemporary professional images. Yet, it was most pleasing to me to translate his New Year Opening Essays for CMO/ISMO into the Japanese versions ; his every line radiates his love for his family, friends, colleagues, and planetary astronomy as well. He really was a Genial Giant.

   Best Regards,

Reiichi KONNAï (Fukushima, JAPAN)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Feb 11

Received: 24 February 2015 at 07:45 JST

 

Some good seeing on the evening of Feb 11

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/pcasquinha/jup150211.jpg

 

My best regards

 

Paulo CASQUINHA (PORTUGAL)

 

 

 

 

¤····Subject: RE: Sad News

Received: 24 February 2015 at 09:43 PM

 

It leaves many of us at a loss without Don to trade jokes and stories with.  Chick Capen describes Don Parker, Bill Douglass, me and himself as the Black Hole Gang many years ago. I am the only one left now.  Silly things grown men do.


Jeff Beish (Armed to the Teeth)

 

Jeff BEISH (Lake Placid, FL)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: RE: Sad News

Received: 24 February 2015 at 07:01 PM

 

Dear Masatsugu

This is indeed very sad news.
Don was a true gentleman & will be sorely missed.

Thank you for letting me know.

My very best wishes


Maurice VALIMBERTI (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: FW: Don's obituary on S&T

Received: 24 February 2015 at 05:57 JST

 

The last URL below is of Donfs obituary on S&T written by S WALKER,  Minami

 

Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 2:51 AM
Subject: Fwd: Don's obituary on S&T

 

Begin forwarded message:

 

Date: February 23, 2015 at 10:55:38 AM CST

Subject: Fwd: Don's obituary on S&T

 

Bill:

 

Don passed away at about 6 PM yesterday, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. Lucid to the end. He spoke at the Winter Star Party on Wednesday, but was hospitalized on Saturday suffering from severe abdominal pain -- acute pancreatitis.

 

Dobby

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Walker, Sean <swalker@skyandtelescope.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:42 AM
Subject: Don's obituary on S&T


 http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/donald-c-parker-1939-2015/

 

 

Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)

 

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 23 February 2015

Received: 24 February 2015 at 03:12 JST

 

Good evening all

 

I captured two IR images taken at 16.50 and 16.53UT this evening.

 

Solis Lacus and Mare Sirenum are failry clearly seen, despite the conditions. It also appears that the SPC is captured in both images. I am not sure if this is "normal", but I have highlighted a brightish area extending from the SPC down the eastern limb of Mars. This is evident in both  images, and on checking, was also visible in yesterdays image. This is likely in the Argyre region? Any comments would be welcome.

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150223/CFs23Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 23:37 JST

 

I have been corresponded with Don since the 1980s and he was an icon at the ALPO meetings and other places. He encouraged many amateurs how to be a great imager and to do first-class planetary science.

 

The world of amateur astronomy lost a great friend and he will be greatly missed.

 

 Frank J MELILLO (Holtsville, NY)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 22:11 JST

 

This is very sad news.  Don sent us his last images of Jupiter just last month.

Don pioneered hi-res photography of the planets in the 1980s, and CCD imaging in the 1990s, and was still in the first rank of observers in the webcam era. For several years, he and Isao Miyazaki were unrivalled in the quality of their images with the new technology.   He really led the way in enabling amateurs to achieve the great uality of images that is now common. He was also one of the amateurs most respected by professional planetary scientists. His name will forever be remembered.

I regret that I never had the chance to meet him, though I know he was always courteous and helpful to everyone in correspondence.

 

May I offer my condolences, and those of the BAA, to his family.

John H. Rogers (Jupiter Section Director, BAA, the UK)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 22:06 JST

 

Hello everyone:

I first met Don in about 1988 at ALCON
88 in Council Bluffs Iowa.  He will be greatly missed.

Richard Schmude, Jr. (Barnesville, GA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: RE: Sad News

Received: 23 February 2015 at 19:41 JST

 

Dear Jeff,

 

It is really sad news. I feel sorry for you, because you have been one of the best friends of him. You certainly have my sympathy.

 

Masatsugu MINAMI (Fukui, JAPAN)

 

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Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 9:50 AM
Subject: Sad News

 

My best friend of 40 years, Don Parker, just passed away at 7 p.m. today.

He died with his family and fight the good fight against cancer.  He is in our prayers.  He was a good man.


Jeff Beish

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¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 12:27 JST

 

I was first introduced to Don Parker by Charles Capen in the early
Seventies.  Since then we never lost contact.
He will be missed greatly.  You will live further in my mind.
My condolences to his family.


Leo AERTS (BELGIUM)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 12:27 JST

 

I am very saddened by his passing. He was a good cordial friend, quick wit and a fabulous planetary imager. He will be missed in many, many ways.

Rik HILL (Tucson, AZ)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 10:59 JST

 

Very sad news.

 

I can honestly say without the inspiration of this mans work and dedication to photographing the planets over his life i may never have come to do this Myself.  He always remained one of my astronomical hero's and i had the great pleasure of spending a week with him back in 2008.

 

I know he had been ill but only emailed me recently so this quite a shock. He sounded upbeat and joking, but didn't he always!

 

My sincere condolences to his children and grandchildren at this difficult time.

 

Damian PEACH (Selsey, West Sussex, the UK)

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 10:17 JST

 

This is sad, I last met Don back in 2003. Please send my condolences to Don's family. 


Best Regards


TAN Wei-Leong (SINGAPORE)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 10:06 JST

 

Oh my gosh.....indeed what a huge loss for everyone; Don was admired and liked by
everyone who ever met him.
It has not been that long ago that Don posted his last images of Jupiter.
An amazing man through the growth and influence of amateur astronomy.

Clay SHERROD (Arkansas Sky Observatories, AR)

 



¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 09:54 JST

 

That is very sad news indeed.

Anthony WESLEY (NSW, Australia)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 09:38 JST

 

I am in shock. Don was an incredible observer, amateur astronomer, imager and an all around good person. Very sad news.

 

Jim PHILLIPS (Charleston, SC)

 

 

¤····Subject: Re: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 09:31 JST

 

Thanks, Sean.

So sorry to hear this sad news! He was one of the first amateur astronomer that I first became acquainted with, many years ago, imaging Jupiter.

 

Padma YANAMANDRA-Fisher (Space Science Institute, CA)

 

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Loss of a titan

Received: 23 February 2015 at 09:27 JST

 

It is with a heavy heart I share with the group that our friend and long-time planetary observer, Donald C. Parker, has passed away this evening in Miami, Florida.

Sean WALKER (Manchester, NH)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter & satellites 2015.02.09

Received: 23 February 2015 at 07:56 JST

 

Dears,

Under average conditions, Jupiter with Callisto and its shadow in transit, plus Io and Ganymede just after a double phemu (yet to be processed) :

 

Color version:

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209-23h06.8UT-MDe.jpg


IR685 & 742:

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209i-23h20.1UT-MDe.jpg




http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209i-22h34.7UT-MDe.jpg


In methane absorption band:

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209c-21h39.1UT-MDe.jpg


Color layers:

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209r-23h06.0UT-MDe.jpg

 

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209g-23h06.8UT-MDe.jpg

 

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209b-23h07.6UT-MDe.jpg


And animations of the wonderful ballet of the satellites .... (files not attached, please download if interested) :
http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209ch4-MDe.gif

http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209ir742-MDe.gif

http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150209ir685-MDe.gif

Steady skies,


Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)
http://astrosurf.com/delcroix

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 22 February 2015

Received: 23 February 2015 at 02:58 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Only managed to capture an IR image this evening under very poor conditions.

 

Mare Sirenum on the west(right) and it looks like Solis Lacus coming into view on the east?

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150222/CFs22Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter 20 February 2015

Received: 22 February 2015 at 05:53 JST

 

Good evening all

 

I have been(and still am) concentrating on Mars imaging . Jupiter however has become a nice evening opportunity, so I hope to be submitting images over the coming months. Unfortunately, with the position of my observatory, I will be imaging Jupiter over the roof of my house, so seeing is likely to be a bit of an ongoing challenge.

 

Attached is the first set of IR, R,G, B and RGB images. The RGB image is my first attempt at using derotation in WinJupos. I still have got a lot to learn, so please feel free to give comment/advice/criticism.

 


 

If anyone does not want to be copied on images, please just let me know.

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 20 February 2015

Received: 21 February 2015 at 03:39 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Only managed to capture an R image this evening. Could the bright spot in Amazonis be Olympus Mons? Nothing further that I can note of significance.

 

As a slight diversion, I also captured a wide field view of Mars and Venus low in the West with my 71mm Williams Optics and Canon 60Da. I hope to capture the two of them with the moon tomorrow evening

 


 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150220/CFs20Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Jan 28

Received: 20 February 2015 at 07:15 JST

 

Hi, here is a goldh Jupiter image from Jan 28 with slight better seeing than the one from 24 but still poor.

 


 

http://www.astrosurf.com/pcasquinha/jup150128.jpg

 

My best regards

 

Paulo CASQUINHA (PORTUGAL)  

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Observations - February 13 Very Windy seeing.

Received: 19 February 2015 at 11:07 JST

 

JUPITER - February 13, 2015 - Very Windy  seeing conditions

C14" - DMK618 Mono - RGB Astrodon & Astronomik IR742 filters

 


 


 


 

May the Force be with you @lways, till the end,

 

Freddy WILLEMS (Saint Johns, FL)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Observations - February 12, 2015 Average seeing.

Received: 19 February 2015 at 10:36 JST

 

Jupiter Observations - February 12, 2015 Average seeing.

 


 


 


 

May the Force be with you @lways, till the end,

 

Freddy WILLEMS (Saint Johns, FL)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 18 February 2015

Received: 19 February 2015 at 03:14 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Similar to yesterday evening. No significant comment.

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150218/CFs18Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: RE: Pluto history

Received: 18 February 2015 at 23:40 JST

 

Dear Masatsugu,

 

   I hadnft seen that—thanks for sending it.

   Happy anniversary of the discovery of Pluto (85 years ago today). 

   I should publish in CMO the letter Clyde wrote to me about observing Mars. 

 

Best, Bill

 

Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Pluto history

Received: 18 February 2015 at 08:28 JST

 

Dear Bill,

 

I just wonder if you have recently encountered the following article and pictures:

http://www.nature.com/news/pluto-s-long-strange-history-in-pictures-1.16910

 

With best wishes,

 

Masatsugu MINAMI (Fukui, JAPAN)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: RE: Mars 17 February 2015

Received: 18 February 2015 at 04:51 JST

 

Hi, all

 

A heavily over sharpened R image from this evening that appears to capture the SPC?

 

Best regards

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 17 February 2015

Received: 18 February 2015 at 04:30 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Earlier sunsets starting to work a little in my favour at this stage.

R and IR images. Mare Sirenum and Mare Cimmerium visible. No significant further comment.

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150217/CFs17Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Images 15th/16th-Feb-2015

Received: 18 February 2015 at 02:21 JST

 

Hi Guys here are a few images off my solar imaging scope. Just trying to find out how useful it can be for Jupiter imaging too. Here are the results from two filtered imaging sessions, using the ZWO AS120 mm-s on the 15th and The Flea3 mono on the 16th. The 15th is GRGB with Green as L, and the 16th is straight RGB.

 

 


 

 


 

 


 

Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars images compared with MARCI/MRO

Received: 15 February 2015 at 20:18 JST

 

Hi, all

 

I had a quick review of the MARCI weather reports, comparing with my images since I restarted imaging after my operation on 29 Dec.

 

I only noted two possible interesting points:

 

a) 29 Dec 2014: On the MARCI images of this date, it looks like there is a bright patch in the NW corner of Hellas. My RGB, IR and R (to a lesser extent) images possibly hint that this may have been captured? However, with size and conditions, I would not claim a confirmed capture.

 


http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/141229/CFs29Dec14.jpg

 

 

b) 16 January 2015: The MARCI comments indicate that Arsia Mons was covered by a bright water/ice cloud for the whole week. I note that there was a bright spot approximately in this area in the G image of the 16 Jan. Having said that , there is also a bright spot in the IR image in the same(but not apparently exactly the same) area. I just need to check the time of the images, as there may have been some rotation between them(I try and capture my R,G and B's as close as possible together. I sometimes have a gap between these and my IR images). Seeing conditions also were poor.  I have not tried to check with Winjupos as yet, and again, I would not claim that this is a confirmed capture.

 


http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150116/CFs16Jan15.jpg

 

Best regards

 

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter images - 11-12 February 2015

Received: 15 February 2015 at 01:52 JST

 

Hi all,
Here are some images from BA to GRS. Seeing was good enough to include some UV - the GRS is very dark in that band, as an evidence of its strong coloration this season.


http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-11_22-13_rir_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-11_22-44_rgb_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-11_23-01_uv_cp

 

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-11_23-20_ch4_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-11_23-50_rir_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-12_00-18_rgb_cp

 

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-12_00-33_uv_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-12_00-50_ch4_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-12_01-09_rir_cp

Best wishes,

Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)
Planetary astronomy and imaging

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 13 February 2015

Received: 14 February 2015 at 03:06 JST

 

Good evening all

 

As you would have gathered, I have been having poor weather and exceptionally poor seeing conditions which prevented any worthwhile imaging . On top of that I did a bit of tweeking on my collimation and got it horribly wrong(!) and just did not have any conditions that were good enough to rectify it until a night or two back. This evening conditions were a bit better and I managed to capture Mars at an altitude of 17 deg and a diameter of 4.3".

 

Attached are both R and IR images. Mare Cimmerium is central and prominent. Mare Sirenum is towards the eastern limb and Mare Tyrrhenum on the west. In the R image, I suspect that Xanthus may be visible between Eridania and Ausonia? A bit more detail showing in the IR image with possibly a bright patch in the region of Ausonia. I cannot claim that the SPC is visible, although there is maybe just a suspicion of it in the IR image.

 

Any comments are welcome.

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150213/CFs13Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter images - 10th February 2015

Received: 14 February 2015 at 00:22 JST

 

Hi all,
Here are some views of the White "again" spot Z (and STB ghost). I have included som map comparisons of WSZ from the two previous apparitions. The lost of color is accompanied of course by whitening in B/UV, but the spot has also lost its temporarily brightness in CH4 from 2013/14. Is this the first time we see a red spot turn back completely to white ?


http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-10_22-13_rir_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-10_22-29_ch4_cp

 

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-10_22-51_rgb_cp (a non Io-aligned version is sent to Jupos measurers)

 

 


http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-10_23-31_rir_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-10_23-19_uv_cp

Best wishes,

Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)
Planetary astronomy and imaging

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter 2015.02.07

Received: 13 February 2015 at 07:51 JST

 

Dears,

Jupiter under average conditions, with GRS rising.

Best resolved IR image:

 



http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150207i-22h32.0UT-MDe.jpg

RGB, and red and green color layers:

 



http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150207-22h41.8UT-MDe.jpg



http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150207r-22h40.8UT-MDe.jpg

http://www.astrosurf.com/delcroix/images/planches/j20150207g-22h41.8UT-MDe.jpg

No impact detected over 30 min of videos with DeTeCt ( http://www.astrosurf.com/planetessaf/doc/project_detect.shtml ).

Steady skies,


Marc DELCROIX (Tournefeuille, FRANCE)
http://astrosurf.com/delcroix

 

 

 

¤····Subject: 2015-02-09 - Jupiter Images - Average seeing conditions

Received: 13 February 2015 at 06:48 JST

 

My Jupiter observations February 09, in IR742, Seeing was poor at times.

 




Freddy WILLEMS (Saint Johns, FL)

 

 

 

Subject: Lunar and Solar Images 6th and 9th-Feb-2015

Received: 13 February 2015 at 03:42 JST

 

Hi Guys

Another day in the life of Big Fil and AR 2280, as AR 2277 is about to go off the disc. Coro90 DS.

 


 

 


 

 

I took a couple of Waning Moonscapes after Jupiter on the 6th , it was only 31 degrees up but the

seeing supported the 178fs f9 ok with the ZWOfS 3.75 pixels.

 


 

Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Jan 24

Received: 13 February 2015 at 01:34 JST

 

The sky was clear after two weeks of clouds and rain but with very poor seeing conditions, I was able to get two red filtered images.

 


 

http://www.astrosurf.com/pcasquinha/jup150124.jpg

 

Regards

 

Paulo CASQUINHA (PORTUGAL)

 

 

¤····Subject: from bill sheehan: various

Received: 12 February 2015 at 23:19 JST

 

Dear Masatsugu,

   I received some communications from Tom Dobbins about Don Parker.  As you know, he is very ill, and apparently failing.  He may not have much more time to live.  I would appreciate it if you kept this private at this stage, but thought you neednft to know what the situation is.

   I continue to ponder the continuation of the Pluto calculations and hope to get back to it once my other pressures let up a bit.

   Best,

 

Bill SHEEHAN (Willmar, MN)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Observations -February 08, 2015

Received: 12 February 2015 at 09:22 JST

 

My Jupiter Observations from February 08, 2015 in good seeing.

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

Freddy WILLEMS (Saint Johns, FL)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter and solar images from the 3rd and 8th-Feb-2015

Received: 11 February 2015 at 06:38 JST

 

Hi Guys Here are Some Jupiter images off my white light solar scope a 7inch AP , along with some white light solar shots. The Ha full disc image is from a Coronado 90mm DS solarmax scope. A 6 panel mosaic, I cant quite get it down to 4. I have reduced it by .7 to halve the file size. The close up of the enormous filament is picked off the full size image. Interesting to think that it is twice as long as from here to the moon.

 


 


 

Still experimenting with Jupiter off the f9 AP 178 T. I just resurrected my filter wheel to try some LRGB as I fancy it needs a little refocus between channels.

 


 


 

Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Observations - February 06, 2015 - Average seeing.

Received: 10 February 2015 at 10:30 JST

 

My Jupiter observations from February 06, 2015 in average seeing conditions

 

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Freddy WILLEMS (Saint Johns, FL)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Observations - February 03, 2015 Poor seeing

Received: 9 February 2015 at 05:53 JST

 

My Jupiter observations, February 03, 2015

Still poor conditions..

 


 


 


 

 

Freddy WILLEMS (Saint Johns, FL)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter images, February 7th, 2015

Received: 9 February 2015 at 03:16 JST

 

Hi guys,
The poor seeing continues with the easterlies... post-GRS longitudes there.

 



http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-07_22-38_ir_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-07_23-02_ch4_cp
http://www.astrosurf.com/pellier/j2015-02-07_23-24_rgb_cp

Best wishes,


Christophe PELLIER (Nantes, FRANCE)
Planetary astronomy and imaging

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter Observations - January 28, 2015

Received: 9 February 2015 at 02:37 JST

 

My Jupiter observations - January 28, 2015 – after a long time

Weather was crappy and lots of dew.

 


 


 

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Freddy WILLEMS (Saint Johns, FL)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: RE: Jupiter Observations - January 27, 2015, Crappy seeing

Received: 9 February 2015 at 02:31 JST

 

My Jupiter observations after a long time

Weather was crappy and lots of dew.

 

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Freddy WILLEMS (Saint Johns, FL)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: jupi 3 feb

Received: 8 February 2015 at 14:53 JST

 

Hi All
Fair seeing  with little wind & strong jet stream Unfortunately at this time
Due conjunction  I could not good capture anyway PLS see you it.


Best Regards, 

 

Sadegh GHOMIZADEH (Roudehen, IRAN)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Jupiter 3 February 2015

Received: 5 February 2015 at 23:30 JST

 

Jupiter images :  J150203

 


 

Tomio AKUTSU (Tochigi, JAPAN)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 3 February 2015

Received: 4 February 2015 at 04:50 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Red image from this evening. Syrtis Major prominent. Hellas also prominent and indicating possible detail/extension towards SPC? Hellespontus and Iapygia regions also visible. Aeria/Arabia region is bright (2 possible dark spots in Deltoton area?). SPC visible although dim.

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150203/CFs03Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: The Moon and Jupiter 30-1-2015

Received: 3 February 2015 at 08:33 JST

 

Hi Guys Itfs been a while since I visited the Moon. As it was first quarter and at a reasonable altitude I thought I would check out my recently acquired AP 178 T on it. I switched between its prime focus of f9 and f18 .

 

This was the first time also that I had tried the ZWOfs 1280 x 960 chip for size on the moon. Nice coverage ! It made a nice change to have such a wide field view and still at a reasonable resolution without the hard work of mosaics . Seeing was about 5-6 , appearing better at f9 than f18 of course. The moon varied in altitude between 40 and 56

 


 


 


 

 

While I was gout thereh I also took a few avis of Jupiter with a green ir blocked filter, over about 8 minutes.

 


 

Best wishes

 

Dave TYLER (Bucks, the UK)

 www.david-tyler.com
Ham call G4PIE

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 1 February 2015

Received: 2 February 2015 at 03:15 JST

 

Good evening all

 

Red image from this evening. Sinus Sabaeus central. Syrtis Major coming into view and Hellas is clearly shown. SPC again compact but visible.

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150201/CFs01Feb15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

¤····Subject: Mars 30 January 2015

Received: 2 February 2015 at 00:53 JST

 

Hi all

 

I did manage to get a few R and IR avi's on the 30 January, but was not happy with any processed results on the evening. I had another go at processing today and although the results are still not good, am submitting "for the record". A little bit of detail visible, more so in IR.

 

Best regards, Clyde

 

http://www.kwasan.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~cmo/cmons/2013/150130/CFs30Jan15.jpg

 

Clyde FOSTER (Centurion, SOUTH AFRICA)

 

 

 

 


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