I've been out in the back garden recently getting some images of the planet Jupiter - that shiny thing in the eastern skies around 9pm. Last night I was out a bit later so it had got above the heat haze from the neighbour's roof. That's one reason, I think, why this is the best picture to date (if you look back to numbers 1 and 2 you'll see what I mean.)
It really is quite remarkable what a rank amateur can do these days, thanks to computer technology. Mind you, on the last 'Sky at Night' programme there was a chap whose terrestrial pictures taken from Barbados showed detail on Jupiter's moons. You can't even see them in my shot above.
For those who are interested, the pictures are taken using £50 webcam to produce about 3 minutes of video. The rest is down to an ingenious free-online programme called Registax and a copy of Photoshop Elements (also free, as it happens, when I got it).
As a PS, the first pictures were taken a week ago in shirt-sleeves. Last night it was flipping cold!
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