Oct 22 2012

Trying my hand at astrophotography – my first pictures of Jupiter

Saturday night/Sunday morning I spent a couple of hours staring at Jupiter and its moons through my telescope with my brand new Meade 4000 series eyepieces.  I also tried out my new camera adapter for my telescope.  Below is one of my first tries at astrophotography.  It’s Jupiter with 3 of its moons.  The moons look a little funny because they are from a copy of the original, but with the exposure cranked up to expose them, because they are just small points of light.  Jupiter however is untouched.  That is how I took the photo.  If you look closely you can see two of Jupiter’s large bands diagonally, from the bottom left to the top right.  Not bad considering that right now Jupiter is about 4.391 AU from Earth, or 408,168,950 miles.  Jupiter in particular is easy to find in the late night sky this October.  Read more about how to find it yourself.

I used a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS at 1/13 of a second and ISO 100.  My telescope is a Celestron 114 LCM and I used the Celestron Universal T-Adapter 1.25in 93640 (which has an integrated Barlow lens) and Opteka T-Mount Adapter for Canon cameras.