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  • Writer's pictureStephen Strum

Planetary Imaging from Start to Finish

I put out a new YouTube video showing my entire planetary imaging process from start to finish. A look at what cameras I use, how I record the data with my camera and telescope, and how I process the data using PIPP, Autostakkert, Registax, and Topaz Denoise.

I have made some of the data I used in the video available for download. You can download a sample raw data file (10.1 GB for the 90-second file) here:

I also have the cropped-down version (3 GB file) created using PIPP:

Here are links to the software I used:

I recorded the data using this ASI 385MC camera:

You also need a UV/IR cut filter when doing planetary imaging with an astronomy camera since those do not have a built-in IR filter. I used this Baader filter:

However, if you want to image Jupiter or another planet in IR instead of visible light, the cameras do a great job with that. All you need is an IR pass filter that blocks all wavelengths except for IR like this Baader one:

I started out doing planetary imaging with my Canon SL2, which does a good job as well, but not quite as well as the dedicated planetary imaging cameras since it can't match the high frame rates those cameras can achieve, and you also can export the raw video data. Here is a link to the newest version, the Canon SL3, which is also a great all-around camera:

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