For the past 3 years, I’ve been doing a pictorial review of the planets – making a composite image of my best planetary images taken during that calendar year. You can see the old composites here: 2005, 2006, 2007 (click on the image to see the full size).
For 2008, I didn’t think I’d be able to keep up the tradition – in my memory, I’d only captured images of Jupiter and only one of Saturn. However yesterday when looking through my 2008 data, I found more than I expected, so it has been possible, but only just, to make a 2008 pictorial review of the planets.
I found a sum total of 1 image of Mercury, 1 image of Venus, 1 image of Mars and 1 image of Saturn taken during 2008. Lucky for me, they were taken in good conditions so they’re usable in the composite. Unfortunately weather and motivation conspired against me so I didn’t capture any images of the outer icey worlds, Uranus and Neptune last year. I’ll try and make up for that in 2009, but with frustrating weather and declining motivation (I only captured about 4 planetary images since June 2008), I’m glad I was able to capture the ones I did. Going through my images, it is evident that May was my best month in 2008, with good seeing on many nights.
Without further ado, here’s The Planets – 2008: A Pictorial Review. A review of my best planetary astrophotography taken during 2008. It’s a 1 megabyte image. Remember to expand the image if your browser resizes it.
All images were captured with my 12″ Newt on EQ6, with DMK21AU04, 5x powermate, Atik manual filter wheel and Astronomik RGB filters (read more about my Planetary Imaging Equipment).
Thanks for looking.