First Telescope Pics

Just held the digital camera to the eyepiece and shot some pictures.

To get the moon to come out at all, I set a custom white balance, turned exposure compensation down as far as it would go (to -2). the exposure time was only 1/6 s.

gibbous moon

this is jupiter. the 4 smaller blurry dots are the 4 ‘gallilean’ moons (the 4 largest moons that galilleo could see with his telescope in the 16th century). callisto is the one way off by itself. the others are io, europa, and ganymede. this was a 1 second exposure. I also set it to an iso of 400. jupiter is too bright, the stripes don’t show up.

jupiter and the four Gallilean moons

next time I’ll have to try using the tripod with the digital camera.