April/May 2002 provided a rare opportunity to see 5 naked eye planets and the
Moon in the sky together. Results so far have been frustrated by cloud on most
|This composite was produced from a
series of AVI files taken using the Philips Vesta 675 webcam on the LX-200
(F10 + 2x barlow). The individual AVI frames were stacked and processed in
Astrostack. The whole imaging session lasted just under 50 minutes - not
bad for 5 planets!
5 planets & Moon observed naked eye but Mercury hidden behind low
cloud by the time the camera was set up.
These pictures taken with an Olympus E-20 digital still camera. The raw
images from this are superb but too large (15MB) for the web. These JPGs
suffer a lot from compression and the planets themselves end up looking