In planetary imaging, it is important that the telescope has enough magnification to be able to capture considerable amount of detail.I recommend imaging at a focal length not less than 1000 mm.

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Two of the most popular models are the Logitech Pro 4000 and the Philips SPC900NC, both of which are equipped with CCD sensors that produce far better images than other cameras of the same class, equipped with the less sensitive CMOS sensors.

Images may be captured using 2 different imaging techniques: (1) prime focus method and (2) eyepiece projection method.

Comparing all other frames one at a time with the best-looking image is called registering, while the process of putting all those similar frames on top of the other, aligning them automatically, and then combining all of them to form one single image is called stacking.

There are several freeware that can perform registering and stacking, one of which is called Regi Stax.

It requires a web camera (with the lens removed), a camera-to-telescope adapter, an eyepiece projection adapter, an eyepiece, and a telescope.

It is advised, however, that you should learn prime focus imaging first before attempting eyepiece projection method.If your telescope is a bit too short, Barlow lenses may be inserted along the optical path to achieve longer focal lengths.Limit the number of Barlows to at most 2 to avoid image degradation, and as a general rule, always minimize the number of Barlows used — use one 4X Barlow lens instead of using two 2X Barlows stacked together.Jupiter’s cloud bands and the Great Red Spot are visible in this photo. w=300" data-large-file=" I hope this article provides ample information to help you get started in planetary imaging!Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano " data-medium-file=" Should you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. Related Article: Philips SPC900NC/00 Webcam for Astrophotography For featured photos, click here.For tutorials on how to get started with astrophotography, click here.