Planetary Photographs


Eyepiece projection photographs
were taken with either an 8" LX200
or a 4" Astro-Physics Traveler refractor.


Planetary photography is tough and requires good atmospheric conditions. Further, film does not have the dynamic range of the human eye, and considerably more can be discerned by eye than can be recorded on film.

Compare the photos of Jupiter and Saturn taken with the 8" SCT and the 4" refractor. Which do you prefer?


 

Venus
1/8" at f/100 on Fuji 200
8" SCT

 

 

 


 

 

Mars 1995
4 seconds at f/100 on Fuji 400
8" SCT

 

 



 

Jupiter 1993
2 seconds at f/120 on Fuji 200
8" LX200 SCT

 




 


Jupiter in October 1998
1 sec at f/100 on Fuji 200
4" Traveler refractor

 

 





Saturn in 1992
5 seconds at f/120 on Fuji 400
8" SCT

 

 

 





Saturn in 1998
3 seconds at f/120 on Fuji 200
4" refractor

 

 

 


 

 

Saturn in October 1995
rings are edge-on
4 seconds at f/100 on Fuji 400, 8" SCT




Jupiter

SL9 impacts visible as dark spots at bottom of planet

2 seconds at f/120 on Fuji 400, 8" SCT


 

 

Sun
1/60" at f/13 on Gold 100
mylar solar filter
4" Traveler refractor

 

 

 

 


 




Sunspots
1/15" at f/120 on gold 200
mylar solar filter
4" refractor

 

 

 

 

 

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