Astrophotography in your backyard #2: shooting Venus and other planets

Astrophotography in your backyard #2: shooting Venus and other planets
(Image credit: Jamie Carter)

The lockdown is helping to create the best night skies for years. The lack of  pollution from aircraft and cars, and a cut in light pollution from the vehicle headlights, has contributed to sparkling night skies in recent weeks. Either way, there hasn’t been a better week for decades to get out into your back garden (or poke a camera out a window) to capture some sparkling celestial events. 

In the second of our five-part series on backyard astrophotography we are going to look at the planets.

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.