Planets are celestial bodies that orbit around our Sun. There are eight planets in our Solar System, many of which can be enjoyed visually or photographed with a camera and telescope. 

You can shoot wide-angle shots with a DSLR camera and lens where the planet appears as a bright star, or high magnification views using a dedicated astronomy camera that reveals surface detail. 

Certain planets (such as Saturn) have a profound effect on the observer. The first time someone sees the ringed planet through a telescope is often the start of a lifelong passion for astronomy.


The Planet Jupiter photographed through my backyard telescope.