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Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:15 am

Getting close now and I have been using the Pluto Safari App to keep in touch with news of the approach. The music is good too.
The free app is available for Android and I believe IOS.

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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by bbones » Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:32 am

Cheers David, its a big file and works well on my Samsung Note II, by the look of the distance count down of New Horizons is traveling at a far speed, it will be interesting to see the results of the poll

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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:04 pm

The Pluto images appear to be being posted first as raw files. It seems to take them days to issue a processed one. Below is my first attempt at processing a raw image. I have resisted the temptation to name the features although Mare David does look prominent.
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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Mon Jun 15, 2015 4:25 pm

Again the raw images have appeared but no processed ones.
This time I downloaded 4 images and aligned and stacked them. Cannot understand why nobody at NASA is not doing this first.
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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:04 pm

Same story - 4 raw images have appeared for 15th June but no processed ones! So I again downloaded, aligned, stacked and processed. There appears to be some detail on Charon now?
BTW the camera on the spacecraft is an 8-inch Ritchey-Chretien.
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Post by DRatledge » Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:55 am

This time I've stacked four of the longer exposed images to show the background stars and hopefully all/several Moons. Trouble is I will have to do the same tomorrow to see which are moons and which are stars. With luck I might discover a 6th moon!
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Post by PMiskiw » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:48 am

David,
Watching you process the images is fascinating, the views as it gets closer just great.
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Post by DRatledge » Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:26 pm

This is again the long exposures stacked. There are certainly 2 moons (as well as Charon) and they have clearly moved from yesterday. Not sure which is which - they are at the left end of the red lines. The other moons must be even fainter.
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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:33 pm

Aligned the two images from 17th June and 18th June for this animated gif. Interesting that Pluto clearly moves around the barycentre.
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Re: Pluto Safari App

Post by DRatledge » Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:30 am

3 days of images. Anyone on Pluto is going to get a bit dizzy swinging around like it does!
The 2 faint moons visible must be Nix (inner) and Hydra
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