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Kevin Franklin
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Husband, father, cardiologist, amateur astrophotographer, and student of Kung Fu, in that order.
Husband, father, cardiologist, amateur astrophotographer, and student of Kung Fu, in that order.

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Venus, 23rd February 2017 0830 UTC; 22% illuminated and 43 arcsec diameter. 
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Bright ISS pass tonight over the Gold Coast, about 2 hours before the SpaceX Dragon supply capsule docked successfully with the ISS. They are about 1km apart in this image. H/T to +Dylan O'Donnell​ for the heads-up on this event.
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Venus is bright. After the Moon, it is the brightest regular object in the night sky. As it draws closer to Earth - being closest at inferior conjunction - it grows larger in size, but thinner in crescent phase, and tonight the combination of factors results in Venus appearing at its brightest as the evening star. Here it is seen at 39.1 arcsec diameter, and 27.3% illuminated, and shining at Magnitude -4.6.

Taken from the Gold Coast, Queensland on 17th February 2017 0840 UTC. Meade LX90 8"SCT with 2X Barlow lens using QHY 5L-II CMOS camera through Orion RGB filters. 
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Venus is bright. After the Moon, it is the brightest regular object in the night sky. As it draws closer to Earth - being closest at inferior conjunction - it grows larger in size, but thinner in crescent phase, and tonight the combination of factors results in Venus appearing at its brightest as the evening star. Here it is seen at 39.1 arcsec diameter, and 27.3% illuminated, and shining at Magnitude -4.6.

Taken from the Gold Coast, Queensland on 17th February 2017 0840 UTC. Meade LX90 8"SCT with 2X Barlow lens using QHY 5L-II CMOS camera through Orion RGB filters. 
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Jupiter's South Pole is a mesmerising place. These snapshots from NASA's Juno probe would be so much better if we could get a time-lapse of the swirls in motion, but for now, this is the best we will get. Taken during perijove 4, this view was feature as NASA APOD with processing by Damian Peach, but here is my rendering, sucg as it is. All done in Photoshop CS6 with raw images supplied by the JunoCam processing site. 
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Venus is quickly swinging around towards inferior conjunction, growing in angular diameter and forming a thinner and thinner crescent; now only 31.4% illuminated with an apparent size of 36.3 arcsec. Imaged this evening at just 17° above the horizon shortly after sunset, in seeing conditions that I wouldn't even consider for any other target, but she's special.

12th February 2017 0858 UTC. Meade LX90 8" SCT with 2X Barlow lens using QHY 5L-II CMOS camera through Orion RGB and Astronomik IR 742nm filters, employing the usual magic in Firecapture, Autostakkert, Registax and Photoshop.
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I voted for Oval BA to get a snapshot as Juno went by on Perijove 4 on 2nd Feb, and NASA didn't let me down. All processing by me in Photoshop CS6. 
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I don't normally do requests, but the line-up tonight was too pretty to resist. +David Nadas​​ asked if Venus and Mars could be imaged together in the same field of view, so here they are, joined by the waxing crescent Moon; the dark side still bathed in Earthshine.

31st January 2017, taken with Nikon D5000 at 100mm (0.5s at ISO 800, f/5.6) and 70mm (1.0s at ISO 800, f/4.5). Processing in Adobe Camera Raw. 
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Just a single 30 second exposure with a Nikon D5000 at the pointy end of my LX90 8"SCT at ISO 1600. Needed a lot of noise reduction in Photoshop to make it even barely presentable, but here it is. 
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If anyone can help me with the ringing at the bright limb, which is most obvious with the R and IR filters, after sharpening, I'd be happy to heed your advice.
Venus, taken 30th January 2017 at around 0910 UTC. 40.7% illuminated and 30.2 arcsec diameter.

Meade LX90 8" SCT, 2x Barlow lens via Orion RGB and Astronomik IR 742nm filters using Firecapture. Processing in Autostakkert!, Registax and Photoshop CS6.
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