Jupiter in 2003-2004 

Observing Site: Loudwater, Buckinghamshire, UK. +5136' N, 0042" W. 

Opposition date: March 4th, 2004. Apparent Opposition Diameter: 44.50". Declination:+739'. Constellation: Leo.

 

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Jupiter on June 6th, 2004. The final  images of the 2003-04 apparition. This is the last apparition until 2010 that Jupiter will be in northern declination.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on June 5th, 2004. These images taken with an Intes 6" F/6 Maksutov Newtonian are a great example that large aperture isnt required for detailed views and images of Jupiter, even though far past opposiition...

6" Intes Maksutov Newtonian @ F/40. ATK-1HS. LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 23rd, 2004. Oval BA is again seen in these images now much closer to the GRS. Also note the dark oblique streak through the SEB.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 22nd, 2004. The SSTB white ovals, and GRS are seen in this sequence of images.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 21st, 2004. The small array of NNTBs spots remains prominent.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 19th, 2004. A wealth of fine detail is visible across the Jovian disk in this view from May 19th.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 16th, 2004. Io is entering transit, while the SEB appears very turbulent.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 14th, 2004. A small array of NNTBs jestream spots appear in these images.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 10th, 2004. The SSTB white ovals are clearly seen in these images, as well as a wealth of fine detail across the Planet.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 6th, 2004. Oval BA is visible rotating out of view, while a new bright storm has erupted in the SEB.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on May 5th, 2004. The SSTB white ovals are well seen in these images.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on April 25th, 2004. These images later on the 25th reveal Ganymede in transit across the Jovian disk. Note how dark the moon appears due to its dull surface (this is not its shadow.)

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on April 25th, 2004. Ganymede appears just of the Planets limb in these images. Note the surface detail on the Moon. Also turbulent activity within the SEB.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on April 24th, 2004. The Great Red Spot and Oval BA appear in these images.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on April 23rd, 2004. Much fine detail can be noted across the entire disk in these images. Note the large dark blue feature on the NEBn.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on April 22nd, 2004. Oval BA again appears in these images from late April.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on April 11th, 2004. The GRS is very well defined in these images. Also note the faded appearance of the STB dark spot.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on April 7th, 2004. Oval BA appear central in these images. Its appearance was much more prominent during 2004 than in previous years.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on April 6th, 2004. A turbulent new storm has developed in the North Equatorial Belt, with dark material projecting northward.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on March 25th, 2004. The STB dark spot, GRS and SSTB white ovals all appear in this view from late March.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F25. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on March 23rd, 2004. The GRS and SSTB white ovals are well seen in these images. Also Oval BA is slowly approaching the GRS.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS & ToUcam . RGB & IR700m, images.


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Jupiter on March 22nd, 2004. The same region is visible in these images as those below. Changes are apparent after just a few days.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on March 17th, 2004. These colour images show what observers often refer to as the "boring side" of Jupiter. However in these March 17th images in steady seeing, the view is anything but...

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on March 1st, 2004. Just a few nights from opposition, the giant Planet shows a wealth of fine detail across the Planet in both the colour and IR700m images. Note the brilliant rift through the SEBN component - the source of a new South Equatorial Disturbance.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB & IR700nm images.


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Jupiter on February 9th, 2004. First light images for the new 9.25" Celestron SCT. The GRS and delicate festoons are present on the Planet.

9.25" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB images.


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Jupiter on December 18th, 2003. A new STB dark spot identical to the one of 1998 is present on the STB approaching the GRS.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . LRGB image.


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Jupiter on December 17th, 2003. The South Equatorial Belt appears rifted in this IR700nm image.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. ATK-1HS . IR700nm images.


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Jupiter on December 16th, 2003. These images show a mid-SEB outbreak of white spots in the South Equatorial Belt. Also Oval BA and the GRS are visible.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. Philips ToUcam Pro & ATK-1HS . RGB and IR700nm images.


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Jupiter on October 28th, 2003. Still 5 months from opposition, and only 32.9" in apparent diameter these early images shows the GRS prominent, with dark festoons across the equatorial zone. A transit of Io is also just ending.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. Philips ToUcam Pro . RGB images.


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Jupiter on September 29th, 2003. Still 6 months from opposition, and only 31" in apparent diameter these very early images of Jupiter for the new apparition, reveal the North Temperate Belt has now totally disappeared - only a faint North Tropical Band remains.

11" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain @ F31. Philips ToUcam Pro . RGB images.

 

 


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