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The images below are the better examples of my attempts at planetary astrophotography, and they aren’t particularly impressive at that! That said, given the circumstances that some were taken under I feel lucky to have what you see here. For example, Jupiter was taken out of the front door of my then house, with no alignment of the telescope and manually tracked while imaging it. The planet itself was above the roof line of the houses across the street (I couldn’t see it from my backyard, hence why I put the scope out of the front door!) with a street light directly beneath. - and all while trying to beat the clouds that were rolling in rapidly. Of course, this isn’t a recommended method of imaging the heavens, and with a proper setup, a bit more care taken with focusing (and far better atmospheric conditions) clearer, more detailed images can be had.