Christopher Go’s C14 vs. Hubble Space Telescope

Since the early 2000s, master astroimager and Team Celestron member Christopher Go has had a love affair with Jupiter. After working all day at his furniture business, he spends most nights pointing his 14” Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope towards the gas giant. His work has paid off, not just for him but also for the entire scientific community. On February 24, 2006, Christopher Go captured an image of Jupiter and noted that a white spot, Oval BA, had turned red. The spot is now known as “Red Spot Junior.” Later, in June 2010, he and co-discoverer Anthony Wesley captured a video of a fireball exploding on Jupiter. It was the first-ever recording of an asteroid impacting a planet.

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In September 2021, Christopher Go and NASA imaged Jupiter’s rotation simultaneously. Christopher Go explains, “When we [astroimagers] process our images, there is always a question whether the features [we see] after processing are real or not. I was fortunate to be imaging at the same time as Hubble. So, this is Hubble vs. C14 as a comparison. I had to scale down the Hubble image. The Hubble image is NOT a true color, but a narrowband RBV (Red, Blue, Violet). So there will be some difference on how some features will appear.”

 

Needless to say, both images are captivating. But the idea that Christopher Go’s commercial Celestron C14 can produce an image so similar to the Hubble Space Telescope is exciting news for the rest of us astroimagers here on Earth. The amount of detail and clarity you can see in the C14’s Jupiter image speaks to both Christopher Go’s impressive skills and the quality of Celestron optics. Here is a quick breakdown of these two telescopes side-by-side.

 

 

Christopher Go’s C14

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Aperture:

14 inches

2.4 meters (7.9 feet)

Type of Telescope:

Commercial

Space

Has contributed new scientific knowledge about Jupiter:

Yes

Yes

Has required major repairs:

No

Yes

Cost:

Under $10K

> $1.5B in 1990 dollars

 

 

After imaging Jupiter for decades, Christopher Go can credit his stunning images to three major factors: the equipment he uses, the impeccable seeing conditions he images from, and practice, practice, practice. Grab yourself a C14 telescope tube or telescope kit and start imaging today!

 

Begin your love affair with Jupiter like Chris and read our Ultimate Guide to Observing Jupiter.

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