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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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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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Venus, taken 24th January 2017. At 44.5% illumination, it is just beginning to show its crescent phase as it grows larger, heading towards inferior conjunction on 26th March.

Meade LX90 8" SCT with 2X Barlow lens using QHY 5L-II CMOS camera through Orion RGB filters and Astronomik 742nm IR filter as luminance. Processing in Autostakkert, Registax and Photoshop.
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Another view of Jupiter from NASA's Juno probe during perijove 3 on 11th December 2016, this time showing the whole planet. RGB data from the Junocam image processing website, processed by me in Photoshop CS6.

And now posted on the Juno mission site https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/processing?id=485
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So, with 2016 coming to an end, and few prospects for any more telescope time before that, I've put together a montage (or is it a collage?) of what I think are my best results from this year's Solar System imaging efforts. From left, and then clockwise; Earth's Moon (duh), Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Neptune (and Triton - look closely), Comet C/2013 X1 (PANSTARRS), and Saturn. All the major planets are to scale, that is, same relative magnification in the eyepiece, with the Moon and comet shrunk to fit the image.
All taken from poolside at my suburban home, with a Meade LX90 8" SCT, using QHY 5L-II CMOS camera for the Moon and planets (with 2x Barlow lens for the latter), and Meade DSI II Color CCD for the comet, using a f/3.3 focal reducer.

Season's Greetings to all my followers, and many thanks for for your support and encouraging comments. Hope to bring you more in 2017, including the Great American Eclipse in August!
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Another Van Gogh-esque landscape from +NASA​'s Juno mission to Jupiter, this time from Perijove 3, as there was a glitch which prevented any data acquisition during PJ-2. I'm not sure about the orientation here, but I don't suppose it matters much, it's just very pretty.

Raw RBG images by NASA, all processing by me in Photoshop CS6. 
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