Solar System Objects

There are plenty of targets right here in our solar system for a wealth of images. Some of these solar system objects include planets, their moons, our moon, comets, the sun, and many man made objects.

Solar System Objects DSLR

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Solar System Objects CCD

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Everyone loves looking at the rings of Saturn, the red spot on Jupiter and the craters on the moon. Why not, they are fascinating objects. They can also be real challenges.

The moon seems the simplest but is deceivingly difficult. Your eyes can fill in information when you look at it through a telescope and that makes it appear sharper and more detailed than it really is.

Capturing sharp detail on craters and mountains can be difficult to image because of poor seeing conditions. When you take images of far away nebulae using a really long exposure helps even out the poor seeing. Unfortunately with something as bright as the moon you have to use very short exposures, this means that seeing is critical to getting a sharp image.

The solution to imaging the moon, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars is to use a video camera or stack a lot of single images together. The other planets unfortunately are too small to really coax any detail out of.

Some of the more amazing sights and images are from small solar system objects like comets and meteors. They are also among those that sometimes only happen once in a lifetime. Take the comet Hale-Bop which was a spectacular sight in 1997 but will not return until the year 4385. Another good example is the transit of Venus I captured in June of 2012 which will not happen again until 2117. Mercury will transit fourteen times before the next Venus transit.

More information on the solar system including a list of solar system objects can be found on Wikipedia.


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