Jupiter 2021

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Good seeing on June 19th, 2021.

The Great Red Spot currently has a light orange color, which is less intense than previous years. Dark clouds from the South Equatorial Belt have been pulled around the giant storm, creating a collar of dark clouds around the storm. Eastward winds in the South Tropical Zone have picked up these clouds and created a dark trail behind the storm.

The North Equatorial Belt is fading, leaving a thin band of dark clouds on the southern edge. The Equatorial Zone is orange, nearly the same color as the GRS.

Ganymede is approaching transit. Osiris can be seen on the southern hemisphere as a bright spot and Galileo Regio can be seen as a dark patch on the northeast limb.

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Good seeing on June 19th, 2021.

The Great Red Spot currently has a light orange color, which is less intense than previous years. Dark clouds from the South Equatorial Belt have been pulled around the giant storm, creating a collar of dark clouds around the storm. Eastward winds in the South Tropical Zone have picked up these clouds and created a dark trail behind the storm.

The North Equatorial Belt is fading, leaving a thin band of dark clouds on the southern edge. The Equatorial Zone is orange, nearly the same color as the GRS.

Ganymede is approaching transit. Osiris can be seen on the southern hemisphere as a bright spot and Galileo Regio can be seen as a dark patch on the northeast limb.

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Very good seeing on June 17th. After expanding north last year, the North Equatorial Belt is fading except for the southern edge. In contrast, the typically white Equatorial Zone is still mostly orange for the fourth consecutive year. Io and its shadow are transiting across the EZ.

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Very good seeing on June 17th. After expanding north last year, the North Equatorial Belt is fading except for the southern edge. In contrast, the typically white Equatorial Zone is still mostly orange for the fourth consecutive year. Io and its shadow are transiting across the EZ.

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Very good seeing on June 17th. After expanding north last year, the North Equatorial Belt is fading except for the southern edge. In contrast, the typically white Equatorial Zone is still mostly orange for the fourth consecutive year. Io and its shadow are transiting across the EZ.

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Good seeing on June 14th. The Great Red Spot is nearly at the central meridian. Compared to the last few years, the storm's color is less intense. The North Equatorial Belt also appears to be fading, except for the southern edge.

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Good seeing on June 14th. The Great Red Spot is nearly at the central meridian. Compared to the last few years, the storm's color is less intense. The North Equatorial Belt also appears to be fading, except for the southern edge.

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Good seeing on June 14th. The Great Red Spot is nearly at the central meridian. Compared to the last few years, the storm's color is less intense. The North Equatorial Belt also appears to be fading, except for the southern edge.

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Excellent seeing conditions. This is a second attempt with my EdgeHD 11 and new Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro after a near-failure the previous morning because of clouds. My primary use for this mount will be for deep sky imaging, but I can also use it for planetary imaging with the EdgeHD 11 in times I would've used the EdgeHD 8 and Advanced VX.

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Excellent seeing conditions. This is a second attempt with my EdgeHD 11 and new Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro after a near-failure the previous morning because of clouds. My primary use for this mount will be for deep sky imaging, but I can also use it for planetary imaging with the EdgeHD 11 in times I would've used the EdgeHD 8 and Advanced VX.

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Excellent seeing conditions. This is a second attempt with my EdgeHD 11 and new Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro after a near-failure the previous morning because of clouds. My primary use for this mount will be for deep sky imaging, but I can also use it for planetary imaging with the EdgeHD 11 in times I would've used the EdgeHD 8 and Advanced VX.

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  • Both the North & South Equatorial Belts appear faded except for their southern edges.
  • The Equatorial Zone, except for the southern edge, is still orange.
  • Oval BA has a slight orange color.

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Clouds were rolling in while recording, limiting the image's resolution. This was the first night with my new Sky-Watcher EQ6-R Pro. While my primary use for this mount will be for deep sky imaging, it will also let me use the EdgeHD 11 in times I would have used the EdgeHD 8 for planetary imaging.

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  • The Great Red Spot is rotating into view.
  • Ganymede is transiting over the planet northeast of the GRS.

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Sky conditions were significantly better than two weeks ago. Jupiter is now reaching 30 degrees high while it is dark enough to image. It will transit 47 degrees from my location this apparition, about 9 degrees higher than last year.

The North and South Equatorial Belt both appear faded, except for the southern edge of the NEB. The Equatorial Zone is intensely orange. The Great Red Spot is setting on the right.

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Sky conditions were significantly better than two weeks ago. Jupiter is now reaching 30 degrees high while it is dark enough to image. It will transit 47 degrees from my location this apparition, about 9 degrees higher than last year.

The North and South Equatorial Belt both appear faded, except for the southern edge of the NEB. The Equatorial Zone is intensely orange. The Great Red Spot is setting on the right.

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Although Jupiter has been visible in the morning sky for a while now, the wait for clear weather has finally ended. As the sky brightened, it was breezy and the air above was very turbulent. This was my first time having insulation wrapped around the OTA while imaging a planet. Despite having just bringing the scope out to a cooler environment, I saw no internal heat plume while collimating the secondary mirror.

This was also the first time I used my Chroma extended green filter on Jupiter. As expected, the new filter gave a brighter image compared to the standard green. The 11:59 image uses the standard green filter while the 12:00 image uses the extended green. I am hoping for better conditions soon so I can create a solid comparison between both filters.

The Equatorial Zone is still orange like it has been for the past 3 apparitions. The North Equatorial Belt is noticeably darker than the South Equatorial Belt.

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Although Jupiter has been visible in the morning sky for a while now, the wait for clear weather has finally ended. As the sky brightened, it was breezy and the air above was very turbulent. This was my first time having insulation wrapped around the OTA while imaging a planet. Despite having just bringing the scope out to a cooler environment, I saw no internal heat plume while collimating the secondary mirror.

This was also the first time I used my Chroma extended green filter on Jupiter. As expected, the new filter gave a brighter image compared to the standard green. The 11:59 image uses the standard green filter while the 12:00 image uses the extended green. I am hoping for better conditions soon so I can create a solid comparison between both filters.

The Equatorial Zone is still orange like it has been for the past 3 apparitions. The North Equatorial Belt is noticeably darker than the South Equatorial Belt.

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Although Jupiter has been visible in the morning sky for a while now, the wait for clear weather has finally ended. As the sky brightened, it was breezy and the air above was very turbulent. This was my first time having insulation wrapped around the OTA while imaging a planet. Despite having just bringing the scope out to a cooler environment, I saw no internal heat plume while collimating the secondary mirror.

This was also the first time I used my Chroma extended green filter on Jupiter. As expected, the new filter gave a brighter image compared to the standard green. The 11:59 image uses the standard green filter while the 12:00 image uses the extended green. I am hoping for better conditions soon so I can create a solid comparison between both filters.

The Equatorial Zone is still orange like it has been for the past 3 apparitions. The North Equatorial Belt is noticeably darker than the South Equatorial Belt.

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