Prime focus images:
September 18, 1999
Things have been working pretty well. I've come up with an algorithm that uses the RMS difference between a pixel and its neighbors as a way to determine the overall sharpness of an image. Now I can take 50 or more images and sort them by sharpness without having to do it manually. Also, I am using a script that I wrote in MatchCad to find the centroid of the images and then crop them so that the planets are centered. After that, it's an easy task to just read in a bunch of images and average them. The output image then goes to PhotoShop for color and level adjustment and some unsharp masking.
In addition, I took some images of Jupiter using the 2x barlow. Messed around with processing it, but didn't get much.
Weeks later, reprocessing the images from this day yields:
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