Imaging Jupiter and Saturn in Daylight

If you know where to point your telescope, the brighter planets can be observed in daylight, and Venus can be seen with the unaided eye. Photographer “Mr SuperMole” in Poland dispensed with the telescope and mounted a Nikon COOLPIX P1000 “superzoom” camera on a Sky-Watcher AllView mount and used its “Go To” feature to aim at Jupiter and Saturn shortly after sunrise. The Nikon camera is able to zoom (optical plus digital) to a focal length equivalent to 3000 mm on a 35 mm film camera and capture video in 4K resolution.

The cloud bands on Jupiter were clearly visible along with two of its moons. Saturn’s rings were apparent, even though it was imaged through a thin cloud. It is truly amazing what these digital cameras can do when used creatively.


Too bad the PRC did not put such a camera on the Chang’e 5 rover.