One of my goals for photography this year, was to image Jupiter using my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and Celestron Neximage 5 camera. I bought the Orion Optics VX12 mainly for imaging, and the 1/10 PV upgrade of the mirrors should allow me to grab more details of planets.
Now one of the problems I ran into, is that of finding focus with this setup. With a 1.25″ adapter on the Orion focuser, even racking it to maximum did not bring Jupiter into focus. So I knew that I required a short extension for this setup. Unfortunately, when I add in my Orion 2″ centering adapter to this setup, this extends it too far to achieve focus as well. This is the case for the Celestron Neximage 5 with or without the Televue 5x Powermate.
In the end, I did not seat the camera fully into the 1.25″ adapter so it extended further away – I could then focus onto Jupiter; this situation was not ideal, and I have to figure out if I have the right adapters to extend the focus out by perhaps another 2 to 3 cm. Then I can try and adapt the Televue 5x Powermate and capture a larger image of Jupiter.
But anyway, here are two images from the night. I captured Jupiter using iCap which comes with the Neximage 5. I basically took 1 minute videos of Jupiter, which were then processed in PIPP and Registax to produce the final image. Notice the Great red spot towards the corner of Jupiter – I do need to find the right times for imaging this, particularly using the Televue 5x Powermate.
I have to say that I have managed to capture more detail of Jupiter than I have previously, and under suboptimal mounting conditions. I am hoping that I will get better results, particularly with optimising the colour and also getting a larger image.