When comet NEOWISE was visible a few weeks ago, I drove out and took some amateur astrophotos of it, only to dig up an actual telescope more recently.
Still in the process of writing & recording the NEOWISE story, but for now enjoy some planetary pics I got through the telescope:
The top picture is of Jupiter and its 4 biggest moons (the “Galilean” moons named for Galileo who discovered them). The middle image shows Jupiter on the right and Saturn on the left. Finally, I had to zoom & enhance Saturn to get the rings distinct.
Obviously these aren’t professional-level pictures, but I’ve had a ton of fun taking them on my iPotato camera through the telescope, and hope to do more astrophotography in the future.
Do any of you do astronomy/astrophotography? I’ve found it a great excuse to road-trip out beyond urban light pollution and appreciate the galaxy out there.