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Getting started with planetary cameras: photographing Jupiter and Saturn

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Jewels in the heavens: Jupiter and Saturn. It is difficult to capture them with classic camera equipment. Special equipment also helps beginners.

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They are currently the “stars” in the evening sky: the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn. Just after sunset, Jupiter appears as a bright, white star in the southeastern sky. Saturn will also be visible shortly thereafter, slightly to the right of Jupiter. Saturn does not appear as bright, but it is also not to be missed in the southern sky.

Astrophotography for beginners to advanced


Getting started with planetary cameras photographing Jupiter and Saturn

Reach for the stars: Astrophotography is as varied as the motifs in the sky. And the combination of landscape and astrophotography is also extremely attractive. With our workshops and advice articles, you can get started and advanced users will find inspiration for new motif worlds.

  • Astrophotography: Connect the system camera to a telescope

  • Astro landscape shots

  • Astro landscape photography challenge

  • Landscape photography with moonlight

  • Photographing the lunar eclipse: How to take pictures of the blood moon

  • Photo practice: high-resolution moon images with simple means

  • Shooting Tips Shooting Stars: How to photograph the Geminids

  • With simple means: deep sky photography for beginners

  • Telescopes, mounts, challenges: advanced astrophotography

  • Pentax cameras with Astrotracer function

  • Milky Way photos: plan better and fake properly

  • Milky Way Photography: Noise Reduction Methods

  • Photograph startrails: create landscapes with star trails

  • Photograph the sun

Even through the binoculars, Jupiter can be seen as a small disc orbited by the four Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. The largest satellites of Jupiter owe their nickname to the Italian astronomer and naturalist Galileo Galilei, who discovered them in 1610 with his simple telescope. Usually you can already see two dark stripes on the planetary disc, which represent the two large cloud bands that surround the planet. Saturn’s rings can also be seen in a small telescope or with good binoculars.

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Jupiter and Saturn in the evening sky (Source: Starry Night)

However, if you try to attach your SLR camera to the telescope and photograph the planets, you will quickly be disappointed. Most of the time you get an image that will look something like this:

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