October 22nd, 2022, 9:55 p.m. local time

It took weeks trying for the right chance, but I finally was able to decently photograph Jupiter's Great Red Spot this year.  Moreover, I manged a full, non-composite shot with three of the Galilean moons, the final image found above.

My next planetary photographing target should be Mars, which reaches its opposition in December.  I may also attempt to observe Uranus, as its opposition happens in early November.

Summary of my equipment, settings, and software used:

  • Telescope: Dobsonian reflector 254mm / 10″ (homemade)
  • Camera: Canon EOS Rebel SL3
  • Barlow: TeleVue Powermate x5 1.25″
  • Filter: Baader Neodymium 1.25″
  • Canon T ring and adapter
  • Relevant camera settings:
  • ISO 200
  • Exposure: 30
  • HD video at 60fps
  • Created from three videos of about 25s each, best 35% of frames (via Autostakkert)
  • Software for post-processing:
  • PIPP
  • Autostakkert
  • Registax 6
  • PaintShop Pro for minor touch-ups