Images of planets may be captured with a web camera and a telescope using prime focus method and eyepiece projection method.
1. The prime focus method involves replacing the web camera’s lens with the lens (or mirror) of a telescope.
2. The eyepiece projection method involves projecting an image onto the web camera’s sensor with the help of an eyepiece.
Record 2-3 minute videos of the planet and then use a software to extract still image frames from the video. Look for the best-looking image (sharp, clear, with lots of details) and then use a software to look for other images that are similar in quality. These frames will be registered (compared and aligned automatically) and then stacked (combined) to form one single image. An example of a software for planetary image processing may be downloaded here.
Night Sky in Focus
Astronomy and Amateur Radio
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