Incorporating Solar System Planets into your Starry Night Photos

Overview

Sometimes the other planets in our solar system moves within visible range of planet earth. This will then allow you to photograph them with your normal DSLR. These opportunities allow you as well to incorporate some landscape elements, for example a nice looking tree, rock, and buildings or open plains. This article will describe how to photograph these visible planets into your Starry Night Photos.
Note: If you want more detail on your photograph then get a telescope.
 

Venus and Jupiter

In September 2015 we were lucky to have the Moon, Venus, Jupiter and the sun Regulus quite close to each other. I would suggest that you monitor the movements of planets to see when they are close to each other.

The following image shows the position of the planets, moon and Regulus:

 

The following table is a suggestion how to take the photograph:
Setting
Value
Exposure Time
8 seconds
Aperture
f/8
ISO
400
Exposure Bias
0-stop
Lenses
24mm
Camera
Canon
Model
650D

 

Venus and Jupiter with Trees

In July 2015 Venus and Jupiter were close to each other, and this gave me the opportunity to include these two planets with some nice scenery. I enjoyed taking this photograph as we were on holiday and I had some time to relax.

The following table is a suggestion how to take the photograph:
Setting
Value
Exposure Time
25 seconds
Aperture
f/3.5
ISO
3200
Exposure Bias
0-stop
Lenses
24mm
Camera
Canon
Model
650D

Jupiter and its moons

In March 2016 I set out to capture Jupiter and its moons. This proved quite tricky as Jupiter in relation to the earth moves quite quickly. If you follow the following settings then you will be successful to capture Jupiter and It’s Moons. Unfortunately I could only get three of the big four moons – IO, Europa and Calisto:
 
The following table is a suggestion how to take the photograph:
Setting
Value
Exposure Time
0.8 seconds
Aperture
f/11
ISO
6400
Exposure Bias
0-Stop
Lenses
600 mm
Camera
Canon
Model
760D

 

Special note on Focusing

Follow the following steps to focus on the Stars:
 

Camera Settings

Overview

In the beginning it is difficult to remember all the camera settings, and hopefully this guide will make it easier for you to get to the right setting for your camera. Always remember that your camera will pick up more stars than what your eyes can see, and thus you must always take test shots until you are happy with the outcome of your photo.

The three primary settings you should use is the ISO, Aperture and shutter speed. ISO, Aperture and shutter speed combination will determine the amount of light that gets captured, and it is essential that you get the combination right.

Now what are the right settings into taking the ultimate Planetary Photograph with a DSLR?

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