posted on Apr, 20 2016 @ 08:59 AM
originally posted by: ImageInspector
This is my first post on ATS. Greetings to all of you.
Ok OP so here is a picture of Jupiter taken two days ago with a 300mm lens. It's not my best shot humidity was high but this is what Jupiter looks
like recently. From left to right you have 1 star, which is HIP 54057 and then 3 moons which are : Callisto, Europa, Adrastea, then you have Jupiter
of course, and last would be Amalthea.
So everything is in it's right place and there is nothing unusual about it.
Be well and have a great day.
Were you using any filters during this shot? You're up in Canada so sky viewing must be better outside of the cities compared to where I am in New
England. I'm in a small town but with warmer weather here the sky is not as crisp and I'm able to see much fewer stars and planets now than I was
during the cold, clear nights of winter. Plus, the moon being almost full makes viewing more difficult. (Because of the amplifying effect of what's
in the atmosphere now, I can barely look at the moon when it's full because it's too darn bright. It's too bright even when it's just a sliver but
that's a whole other subject.)
Since you are a photographer and I'm one of the people seeing what I think right now is some sort of light refraction effect occurring when I view
Jupiter and other bright celestial bodies, I'd like to run this by you and the OP. Last night, and I hesitate to post this because I don't want to
add confusion to the issue, I was looking at Jupiter and was thinking how it now looks, from my vantage point, more like a star that doesn't twinkle.
I've been looking at Jupiter for many decades without optics.
Later on, I decided to put on over my eye glasses a pair of glasses I have which block blue light and then look at Jupiter. Well! Doing that, I
could see Jupiter and a few tiny moons. Three moons. The light refraction effect was mostly removed by the lenses of my blue light blocking glasses.
The OP talked about how he was never able to see Jupiter's moons before with the naked eye. I never could either. Yes, I wear corrective lenses and
have for most of my life.
The point is viewing celestial bodies without optics and how there's been a change in how they appear. What I want to say is the nature of the medium,
or atmosphere, through which I am viewing the sky is and has been different than what I was used to for years. (I was born in the 50's.) So, with
your lens, you are filtering out most of the noise when you take a picture of Jupiter, as the example; in my thinking it's the "noise," which is now
different than it was, in the atmosphere that is altering the view with the naked eye.
I know there will be those who will want to write it off to a vision issue if they don't see from their viewing point what is described in this
I hope what I wrote is clear! Pun intended
P.S. Wastedown, I think some of what has altered our atmosphere comes from way beyond our solar system and is not solely because of mad scientist
types tinkering with the nature of it.