First Jupiter of the Season - SEB has returned
Jupiter was only a bit more than 30 degrees above the eastern horizon at dawn this morning and was shining through hazy and wavy air, so this shot isn't the best but hey, I'll take it for my first Jupiter capture of the season!
Captured using my 12.5" F8 home built truss Newt and DMK21AU camera at about 6000 mm focal length, capturing at 30 frames per second. Each channel captured 1500 frames, of which about half were stacked. RGB image processed using Registax 6, AstraImage, and Photoshop 7.
As you can see, Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt, absent all of last year, has returned in full force for this year's apparition. Compare to the second image taken last November 20 when traces of the returning SEB were just beginning to show. The entire South Equatorial Belt had been covered by high clouds in Jupiter's atmosphere, which dissipated over the past several months.
Thanks for looking,