Solar System Picture Gallery

Most of the solar system images are recored in the Ruhrgebiet in Germany. The seeing is most of the time not very good (3-5/10 according to the pickering scale). For H alpha shots I use a TMB 115/805 APO with a 100 mm Baader C-ERF frontfilter and a PST Etalon combined with a 2" diagonal. For moon and planet I use the recently aquired DMK31AU03.AS, a black and white USB camera with 1024x768 pixel and 30 frames per seconds. The results are better regarding sharpness compared to the Phillips Toucam.

==> here is my Halpha imaging setup

This is an images stack of the transit of the planet Mercury against the sun, shot on 09.05.2016 between 13:10 and 13:26 CEST. The small disc of the planet Mercury is slowly moving across the surface of the sun. The second picture from left was taken only seconds after the first contact and the 6th picture from left at the second contact.

I shot this image stack with my Canon 5DsR on a Canon EF 500 f4 L IS II USM super tele lens and a EF 2x III teleconverter at 1000mm focal length and f8. I used a Baader sun filter foil to reduce the solar energy and achieved 1/800s shutter speed at ISO200. The Sachtler DV6 on a Cartoni Smartstop tripod was used.


On 03.10.2011 I had an unusual good seeing at my location and fortunately I had time to make some videos of Jupiter with its moon Ganymed.

Celestron C9 with 2,5x Barlow at 5675 mm. DMK 31 with color filter wheel. 600 Frames stacked in Registax and Photoshop.




Planets. As the seeing from my location is most of the time very bad (3-4/10) I have not really many acceptable pictures of planets:

Webcam shots of the Moon. All the pictures are shot with a DMK31 USB camera in black and white, stacked and sharpened in Registax and Photoshop.

Sun in H alpha. I ue a modified Coronado PST Etalon with a 100 mm Baader C-ERF frontfilter for my TMB 115-805 APO, as well as a DMK31 USB camera.