Planets Mercury through Pluto in our Solar System


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Mercury and Venus, and Jupiter 5/26/2013
Mercury is upper right, Venus lower right, Jupiter left center.

Pentax K100D DSLR, Tandon 200MM Zoom

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Mercury and Venus, and Setting Crescent Moon
Mercury is just above center in this photo, Moon lower left, Venus upper right.

Pentax K110D DSLR, 70mm lens, 30 min after sunset, 1/10 second

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Venus 2009, phase 25%

Stellarvue Nighthawk 80f6, Barlow, Pentax K110D, 1/500 sec

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Venus and Moon FILM
The dark side of Moon is lit by earthglow.

Orion ST-80, Pentax K1000, several seconds.

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Venus, Mars, and Saturn (R to L) FILM
Close to perfect equilateral triangle May 5, 2002.

Orion ST-80, Pentax K1000, several seconds.

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Venus (bottom center), Moon, and Jupiter on Dec 1 2008
Fast shutter to show Moon craters

Pentax K100D, Tamron 300 mm lens, 1/30 second

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Venus (bottom center), Moon, and Jupiter on Dec 1 2008
Slow shutter to show Earthshine, 2 moons of Jupiter

Pentax K100D Super, Tamron 300 mm lens, 8 seconds

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Mars leftmost, Venus brightest, Saturn right, Mercury lost in clouds.
Taken August 14 2010, 50 minutes after Sunset.
Looking across New Haven Harbor toward West Haven, CT

Pentax K100D, Pentax 50 mm lens, 1.5 seconds

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Venus, Mars, and Moon (L to R) Feb 20, 2015

Pentax K100 Super, 300 mm Tamron Zoom, 1/30 sec.

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Conjunction taken July 22, 2012 at 3:40 AM from Hamden CT.
Seven Naked Eye objects listed are all on the right side of photo.
Planets Venus brightest just above tree, Jupiter second brightest near center.
Bright, slightly red star Aldeberon is to the right of Jupiter.
Cluster Hyades, an inverted "V" above the tree, is the horns of the Bull Taurus
Cluster Pleiades (AKA Seven Sisters) looks like a tiny dipper at top.
Double stars: Delta 1 & 2 Taurus and Theta 1 & 2 Taurus near center of horns.

Pentax K100D, Tamron Super Zoom at 24 mm, 10 seconds * 9 exposures

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Conjunction taken March 14 2012 from the New Haven Green.
Venus brightest, Jupiter about 3 degrees away down to the left.
People have told me I should include foreground objects in my
multi planet photos rather than two dots on a black background.

Pentax K100D, Tamron Super Zoom at 24 mm, 3 seconds

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Conjunction taken June 29 2015 from Hamden CT.
Separation is .67 Degrees, closest I've ever seen.
Jupiter with four moons, Venus at a slightly crescent phase.

Pentax K100D, Stellarvue Nighthawk, Vivitar Doubler, 960mm FL
Combination of three photos at different exposures to handle the brightness range.

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Venus, Jupiter, Regulus Jul 22, 2015

Pentax K100, Tamron Zoom at 130mm exposure 1/8 second

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Venus, Jupiter, Regulus Jul 22, 2015

Pentax K100, Tamron Zoom at 130mm exposure 1/3 second

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Mars 2001

Meade 2080 8 in at f/20, SBIG ST-7E

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Mars 2003

Celestron C114 reflector
Scopetronix 15mm EP, Barlow, Nikon CoolPix 850, 1/4 sec * 9 exp

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Mars 9/10/2005

Meade 2080 8 in at f/20,ToUcam

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Mars 9/28/2005

Meade 2080 8 in at f/30,ToUcam

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Mars 11/8/2005

Meade 2080 8 in at f/30,ToUcam

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Mars 10/31/2005

Meade 2080 8 in at f/30,ToUcam

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Mars 11/14/2005

Meade 2080 8 in at f/30,ToUcam

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Mars 12/25/2007

Meade 2080 8 in at f/30,ToUcam

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Mars 1/22/2010

Meade 2080 8 in at f/30,ToUcam

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Mars 2/26/2012

Meade 2080 8 in at f/30,Imaging Source

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Jupiter with CCD 2001
I was surprised that the first shots with a `PC Quality' CCD were
better than any film shots I've taken of Jupiter. Shows 4 dark bands.

Meade 2080 8 in f/10 SCT with Connectic ColorCam

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Jupiter taken by Eleanor Andujar

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, Barlow, Nikon CoolPIX 950, Scopetronix 26mm EP

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Jupiter with 4 moons (brightness adjusted separately) 2000

Meade 2080 8 in, SBIG ST-7E

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Jupiter with Shadow of moon IO 2004
Note shadow moves faster then the surface details
The bright spot to the left of the shadow may be the moon IO

Meade 2080 8 in, ToUcam, 56 & 369 Images

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Jupiter with Great Red Spot 2004
Note the speed that GRS moves

Meade 2080 8 in, ToUcam, 56 & 369 Images

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Jupiter 2005

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, ToUcam

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Jupiter with Great & Small Red Spot 2006
Small Red Spot is in band below GRS on left side

Meade 2080 8 in, ToUcam, 3x barlow, 1700 images

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Jupiter with Great & Small Red Spot 2006
Not so small Red Spot is in band below GRS on left side

Meade 2080 8 in, ToUcam, 3x barlow, 600 images

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Jupiter with Shadow of moon IO 2007

Meade 2080 8 in, ToUcam, 280 Images

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Jupiter with Shadow of moon IO 2008

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 800 Images

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Jupiter with Great & Small Red Spot 2008
The small Red Spot is below GRS on right side

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 400 Images

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Jupiter with Great Red Spot 2009

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 600 Images

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Jupiter with Impact Black Spot July 31, 2009
Amateur Anthony Wesley discovered a Black Spot on Jupiter's Southern Polar Region
that is believed to be caused by the impact of a comet. Due to weather and trees
it was 11 days before I could capture the twice in a lifetime event.
The impact spot is on the bottom of this image. Anthony's images show the spot
at the top, but Australians image standing on their heads.

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 600 Images

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Jupiter with Great Red Spot 2010

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 960 Images

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Jupiter close to Opposition with Great Red Spot 11/05/11

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, Imaging Source Mono, 400 Images

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Jupiter with Moon Io and it's Shadow 11/19/11

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, Imaging Source Color, 160 Images

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Jupiter with Moon Io 12/11/11

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, Imaging Source Color

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Jupiter with Red Spot and Moons 1/7/13

Meade 2080 8 in, 2x Barlow, Imaging Source Color

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Conjunction of Jupiter with our Moon December 25, 2012
Jupiter was in Taurus and passed less that 2 degrees from the Moon.
Also visible are Aldebaron (Alpha Tauri) on the tip of one of the bull's horns
and two rare naked eye double stars: Delta and Theta Tauri.

Moon: Dec 25, Pentax K100D DSLR, 130 mm lens, 1/500 sec * 8
Jupiter: Dec 27, Pentax K100D DSLR, 50 mm lens 1 sec * 14
Stars: Dec 27, Pentax K100D DSLR, 50 mm lens 6 sec * 13

Jupiter animation with 2 Moon Shadows and GRS 2004
Every five minutes 3/22/04 20:21 - 21:21 EST
Io's Shadow starts left of Europa's shadow, passes, ends up on the right
Moons can be seen passing across surface, emerging on right, ending in space

Meade 2080 8 in, ToUcam, 450 Images * 12 frames

Jupiter animation with Moon Shadow 2007
Every five minutes 5/4/07 1:55 - 3:15 EST
Europa's Shadow passes left to right

Meade 2080 8 in, ToUcam, 3x barlow, 450 Images * 17 frames

Jupiter animation with Two Moon Shadows 2008
Every five minutes 9/7/08 19:20 - 20:47 EST
Callista's Shadow right side, Io left side

Meade 2080 8 in, ToUcam, 3x barlow, 800 Images * 20 frames

Jupiter animation with Two Moons and One Shadow 2011
Every ten minutes 12/13/11 18:23 - 21:08 EST
Io on top moving left, occulting behind Jupiter
Europa and its Shadow moving right
GRS with swirling trail enters on left.

Meade 2080 8 in, Imaging Source DBK41AU02, 3x barlow, 470 Images * 14 frames

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From top: Europa, Io, Jupiter, Ganymede, Calisto. On right: Uranus
I could not miss this once in a lifetime event 9/21/2010!
Jupiter and Uranus were in opposition during the same week and less than one degree apart.

Meade 2080, f6.3 Reducer, Pentax K100D DSLR, 0.1 sec * 10

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Saturn 2002 taken by Eleanor Andujar
The rings are near maximum tilt.
Note the tilt goes down each year and disappeared September 2009

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, Barlow, Nikon CoolPIX 950
6 images processed by Paul Hyndman

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Saturn 2004

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, Barlow, ToUcam, 1800+ frames

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Saturn 2005

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, Barlow, ToUcam, 110 frames

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Saturn 2006

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 950 frames

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Saturn 2007
Taken less than 24 hours from Opposition.
The Seeliger Effect causes the rings to brighten that day of the year.
My processing of the image makes the planet look darker.

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 480 frames

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Saturn 2008

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, 3x Barlow, ToUcam

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Saturn 2009

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 600 frames

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Saturn 2009

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 700 frames

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Saturn 2011

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 600 frames

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Saturn 2011

Meade 2080 8 in SCT, 3x Barlow, ToUcam, 300 frames

Alternate

Saturn with five moons
Mouse over image to see the moon names

Stellarvue Nighthawk,Pentax K110D, 2x Barlow, 15 * 1 min

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Saturn Animation Feb 25 2010
A trace of the huge storm can be seen as white clouds passing across upper band.

Meade 2080 8 in, 3x Barlow, ToUcam
300 Images used per frame, 17 frames, 5 min interval over 85 min

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Uranus
The planet is the big dot, taken on September 4, 2006
The upper moon is Oberon, lower moon is Titania
The MAG 5.7 planet is overexposed to show the MAG 14+ moons

Meade 2080 8 in f/10 SCT, SBIG ST-7E, 15 sec * 24 exp

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Uranus
Taken on September 15, 2010

Meade 2080 8 in f/10 SCT, SBIG ST4000XCM, 30 sec * 3 exp

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Uranus
Taken on October 22, 2012
The moon just below the MAG 5.7 planet should be Titania

Meade 2080 8 in f/10 SCT, SBIG ST4000XCM
Large photo 60 sec * 24 exp, Inset 1 sec * 11

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Neptune
The moon just below the MAG 7.8 planet should be Triton, MAG 13.4

Meade 2080 8 in f/10 SCT, SBIG CCD
R=1*5, G=1*5, B=1.6*5, L=1 Min * 6 exp

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Neptune
The moon just below the MAG 7.8 planet should be Triton
Taken on October 22, 2012

Meade 2080 8 in f/10 SCT, SBIG ST4000XCM
Large photo 60 sec * 36 exp, Inset 1 sec * 11

Pluto animation
Images with 43 arcsecond displacement taken August 16 and 17, 2008
Pluto MAG 13.9, nearest star up and right MAG 18.3

Meade 2080 8 in, SBIG ST-7E, 2 min * 20 images each day

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