Neptune and Triton

Neptune 7 crop Neptune 8 crop
August 28, 2002
22:55
Moon Illumination: 68%
Field of View:18' x 15'
August 29, 2002
22:58
Moon Illumination: 59%
Field of View: 19'47" x 14'48"
Neptune 1 crop Neptune 2 crop
August 31, 2002
22:53
Moon Illumination: 39%
Field of View: 20'2" x 14'37"
September 2, 2002
22:39
Moon Illumination: 21%
Field of View:19'58" x 15'3"
Neptune 3 crop Neptune 4 crop
September 3, 2002
22:34
Moon Illumination: 12%
Field of View:19'49" x 15'
September 4, 2002
22:30
Moon Illumination: 5%
Field of View:19'49" x 15'
Neptune 5 crop Neptune 6 crop
September 8, 2002
22:09
Moon Illumination: 6%
Field of View: 18'22" x 14'8"
September 10, 2002
22:21
Moon Illumination: 22%
Field of View: 19'25" x 14'45"

Description of Object: Neptune is the brightest object in these images spanning two weeks. If you look closely you can see Neptune's largest moon Triton making the journey along with the planet. Its orbit about the planet is clearly visible.

Image Information: The pictures above were created from summing together 5-15  six second exposures.  

Telescope and Camera Information: 12in. f/10 Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain with an Apogee AP6E CCD camera.