Uranus & Neptune

The Outer Planets

The distant worlds of Uranus and Neptune are difficult planets to image at the best of times since they present very small angular disc sizes. Using larger instruments and more sophisticated imaging tools, other amateurs have managed to obtain some extraordinarily good portraits of these worlds including some of the faint moons. The images below were taken using a 10 inch (250mm) reflector and GSTAR-EX video camera from suburban Sydney. The respective discs of the planets are purposely over-exposed to reveal the remote and rather faint moons.. 


Uranus and moons

Composite RGB image of Uranus combined with 2.6 second integrated exposure of moons Oberon,Ariel, Umbriel and Titania. 

Uranus and moons

Uranus and three 14th magnitude moons with 250mm telescope at f/15. ExView camera.

Neptune & Triton

Neptune and Triton 2004

Neptune & Triton in 2004
Neptune captured with a Mintron ExView video using 96X integration mode. Telescope 250mm Newtonian. 

Neptune and Triton over 2 days

Neptune and largest moon Triton in 2004 seen moving among the background stars over two nights. 250mm reflector @ f/5 and Mintron ExView video camera. 40 stacked images and processed in Photoshop. Check out the animations page for these images.

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