Fun With the ASI 120mc!

Photography, Science Tech

Jupiter 2015-02-11

Hey y’all, I thought I’d share some of what I’ve done with my new ASI120mc camera! You’ve already seen a photo from it; the ISS lunar transit which I shared in my last post was taken with it. However, I’m going to share some “less exciting” photos. Most of them are of the moon. Why is that? The moon is large and bright, and thus is a good starting target to practice with. Also, the terribly turbulent atmosphere has ruined most of my planetary attempts on Jupiter by squashing the finer details, while the moon always has large details that will show up. The one time I did get good conditions, I got an image I was pleased with- that’s the photo you see at the top. But, be sure to check out my other photos by clicking the thumbnails below!

Crater Aristillus (Feb 27)

Crater Tycho (Feb 27)

Vallis Alpes (lunar Alpine Vally)(Feb 27)

Crater Eratosthenes (Feb 27)

Mons Pico (Feb 27)

Crater Copernicus High Contrast Crater Rays mosaic (March 8)

Crater Endymion mosaic (March 8)

Mare Crisium mosaic (March 8)


2 thoughts on “Fun With the ASI 120mc!

    1. Hi Grandpa!
      Funny you should mention that, it is something I want to try eventually and have done a good bit of reading on it, including that thread you linked. He simply strapped a peltier and heatsink to the outside of the aluminum frame… for cooling the sensor, it’s obviously not the most efficient route, although it seemed to work. However, when I get brave (foolish? 🙂 ) enough I think I would try to find a way to use a “cold finger” to directly cool the sensor. That would involve removing the sensor, drilling through the frame of the camera, etc. In other words, my kind of project 🙂

      However, I think I want to use it some more before I try that. For planetary, where thousands of short exposures (.03millisecond) are stacked, I have read it doesn’t make much difference in noise levels at all. Where it does make a difference in noise is in longer exposures, say 1 second and up.

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