- Apr 6, 2014
I have a 100-400mm lens right now and since Jupiter should be showing up at night was thinking maybe I can get some decent pictures out of it. Sorta wish I had bought a sky tracker though.
Will you be using a Canon Full Frame or APS-C?
You won't need a tracker until you start using more focal length.
Use a tripod and your lens at 400mm.
Use manual live focus at 10x to focus on Jupiter as the camera will have a hard time to autofocus on the planet.
Best to use Mirror Lockup and a 2 sec delay to minimise shutter vibration.
Do not use Image Stabilisation on your lens if on a tripod, disable it.
Put White Balance to "Sunny" only and use ISO around 400 or 800 (depending on conditions) and play around with the shutter speed so that it doesn't blow out the highlights on Jupiter but allows the moons to show up too.
You'll see Jupiter as a small dot and it's moons next to it as tiny dots.
Use the website I linked to so you can see the position of the moons at that time.
Let us know how you go.