Jupiter – more magnified than ever before

I’ve photographed Jupiter before with my 5″ telescope. Its focal length is 1500mm which means Jupiter is quite small on my camera’s sensor when using the prime focus method. For Christmas, Hannah bought me a 5× Barlow lens which gives me an effective focal length of 7500mm. Now, Jupiter is 5× wider and 5× taller,Continue reading “Jupiter – more magnified than ever before”

Astrophotography

It’s winter, it’s dark early, and the Arctic snap passing over the UK means it is nice and clear in the sky. Last night I went to my top-secret stargazing location in Somerset. It’s far enough to avoid the worst of Bristol’s light pollution, but there is still an orange tint in the sky. It’sContinue reading “Astrophotography”

Solar System

A friend on Facebook pointed out that it was very clear outside tonight. I looked out of the window, and it was indeed – so I grabbed my telescope and decided to try harder at astrophotography (rather than plain old astronomy). In the past, stuff that has looked great through the eyepiece have been disappointingContinue reading “Solar System”

Jupiter II

Well after last night’s astrophotography session with a 400mm f/5.6 lens, and 3× teleconverter, I decided to try again with an even longer optical system. I rummaged a 700mm f/11 telescope and used the same 3× teleconverter, for an effective focal length of 2.1m. This provided almost twice the magnification of last night’s setup, albeitContinue reading “Jupiter II”

Jupiter

Last night the sky was clear and I noticed that Jupiter was shining brightly. I decided to try and take a photo of it. Being so far away, and not having a proper telescope, this is the best I could manage. It’s blurry but it’s clearly recognisable as everyone’s second-favourite red planet 😉 If youContinue reading “Jupiter”