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THUMBNAIL SOLAR SYSTEM IMAGES (click on image to enlarge)


RGB image of Jupiter, Europa, and Ganymede's shadow, made from video taken by Al Kelly with a Philips Toucam Pro 740 webcam, and a Celestron CGE 1400 at f35 on 12/27/11 from Friendswood, Texas. Six hundred thirty-five 1/100th second frames were processed in Registax, AIP4WIN, and Photoshop.


RGB image of Comet 17P/Holmes, made from images taken by Al Kelly with a Starlight Express MX916 and a Celestron CGE 1400 at f5.4 on 11/03/07 from Friendswood, Texas, using Astrodonr RGB filters. A series of fifteen-second exposures through red, green, and blue-filters were acquired in Astroart and processed in AIP4WIN and Photoshop. R:G:B = 2.5:1.5:1.75 minutes. See
ANIMATION for the changed comet appearance since 10/27/2007.


RGB image of Comet 17P/Holmes, made from images taken by Al Kelly with a Starlight Express MX916 and a Celestron CGE 1400 at f5.4 on 10/28/07 from Friendswood, Texas, using Schuler RGcBc filters. A series of sixty-second exposures through red, green, and blue-filters were acquired in Astroart and processed in AIP4WIN and Photoshop. R:G:B = 4:3:5 minutes.


L/RGB image of the Mare Fecunditatis region of the Moon, made from images taken by Al Kelly with a Starlight Express MX916 and a Celestron CGE 1400 at f5.4 on 4/21/07 from Friendswood, Texas, using Schuler RGcBc filters. Single 0.01-second exposures through red, green, and blue-filters were acquired in Astroart and processed in AIP4WIN and Photoshop.


LRGB color composite of comet NEAT Q4 made by Al Kelly from filtered images taken by Arne Henden of the US Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ with the USNO 1.0- meter telescope. Arne made the images on May 11, 2004 using BVR filters. Al composited B=blue, V=green, and R=red and created the luminance layer from a stack of all images.


WCMY color CCD image of Comet Lynn (C/1999 N2) made from images taken on 7/31/99 by Al Kelly with a C-8 at f5.6 from Friendswood, Texas. The IR- filtered, cyan, magenta, and yellow exposures were stacked totals of 10, 7, 7, and 7 minutes respectively.


Rank-processed L/RGB image of comet C2000WM1 (Linear) made from filtered images taken by Arne Henden of the US Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ on 11/21/2001 with the 1-meter Richey scope and a 2Kx2K CCD. Arne made separate exposures with BVR filters, B=6x30 seconds, V=5x20 seconds, and R=5x15 seconds. All images were summed to create the luminance layer, red=R, green=V, and blue=B


WCMY image of Mars made by Al Kelly on 5/19/99 from Friendswood, Texas using a CB245 and a C-8 working at f55 (eyepiece projection). Ten 0.4-second subexposures in white (IR-filtered only) were averaged, then combined with single 0.4-second exposures in cyan, magenta, and yellow. The white (luminance) image was processed with deconvolution and high-pass filters.


WCMY color CCD image of Jupiter made from images taken on 9/19/98 by Al Kelly with a C-8 at f68 from Friendswood, Texas. The IR-filtered, cyan, magenta, and yellow exposures were made from stacks of 0.755-second exposures.


WCMY color CCD image of Saturn made from images taken on 9/19/98 by Al Kelly with a C-8 at f68 from Friendswood, Texas. The IR-filtered, cyan, magenta, and yellow exposures were made from stacks of 0.999-second exposures.


Monochrome mosaic of the terminator region of the first quarter Moon made on 4/3/98 by Al Kelly with a C-8 at f10 from Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. Five 0.15-second exposures were aligned using PhotoShop.


GREAT(!) image of Jupiter taken on 8/22/97 by ED GRAFTON with a C-14 and an ST5 CCD camera from Clear Lake City, Texas. Ganymede is at the right limb, casting its shadow near the equator of the planet. Europa is visible at the left limb. Notice surface detail on Ganymede! SEE ED's WEB SITE FOR MORE SHOTS OF JUPITER AND MANY OTHER CCD IMAGES BY THIS MASTER OF ST5 AND ST6 IMAGING (the URL is in the links at the bottom of the home page)


Tricolor of Comet Hale-Bopp taken on 4/9/97 by Al Kelly with uncorrected 105mm lens and CB245 from Friendswood, Texas. 90 seconds in red, 135 seconds in green, and 270 seconds in blue.


Comet Hale-Bopp taken on 4/5/97 by Andy Saulietis with wide-field lens and a megapixel CCD camera from Danciger, Texas.


Comet Hale-Bopp taken on 4/5/97 by Ed Grafton with a 50mm lens and an ST-6 CCD camera from Danciger, Texas.


Tricolor of streaming comet Hale-Bopp by Al Kelly, taken on 10/9/96 with CB245 and 32" f4 Newtonian from Danciger, Texas. 60 seconds of red, 120 seconds of green, and 165 seconds of blue were rank-order processed and composited, with registration on the central cometary coma.


The lunar crater Clavius by Andy Saulietis with a Photometrics CCD camera and his 24" Newtonian


MORE SOLAR SYSTEM IMAGES (click on name to view)

Tricolor image of Comet Hale-Bopp taken by Al Kelly on 4/20/97 with CB245 and C-8 (at f10) from Friendswood, Texas. The red, green, and blue exposures were 8 seconds, 23 seconds, and 25 seconds, respectively. The final image is a result of digital processing to bring out the arc-like "hood" structures within the central coma preceding the nucleus.

Tricolor image of Comet Hale-Bopp taken by Al Kelly on 3/20/97 with CB245 and C-8 (at f10) from Friendswood, Texas. The red, green, and blue exposures were 48 seconds, 144 seconds, and 240 seconds, respectively. The final image is a result of heavy digital processing to bring out the detailed "shock front" structures within the central coma surrounding the nucleus.

Image of the lunar crater Plato by Andy Saulietis with a Photometrics CCD camera and his 24" Newtonian.

Image of Comet Hale-Bopp imaged on 6/15/96 by Al Kelly with 32" f4 Newtonian and CB245 CCD camera from Danciger, Texas. This is a two-minute composite exposure. Note the fan-shaped outflows from the central coma. This comet will put on quite a show.

Image of Comet Hyakutake (1996 B) by Andy Saulietis with his Megapixel CCD camera and a 24mm lens....this is a very esthetic image

Image of the first quarter Moon taken on 04/23/96 by Al Kelly using Ed Grafton's 4.25" f4 Newtonian

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