I've come up with a trick, though, that lets me image some of the planets with my XT6 Dobsonian. Basically, I mount my Canon PowerShot A590 IS point-and-shoot camera afocally to a 9mm eyepiece (133X magnification). Then, I zoom in the camera to the highest optical zoom setting (4X). This gives me over 500X magnification. The target will move across the field of view very quickly. It takes a lot of work to get decent focus and to get the exposure time just right. The results are not outstanding, but hey, it's a cheap solution!
I've managed to image all eight of the planets, plus Pluto. (I'm not getting into a discussion as to whether or not Pluto is a planet!) Some images are simply shots of the sky, and some are close-up. Here they are in order from the Sun:
|Mercury and Venus; DSLR on tripod; March 31, 2010|
|Venus; XT6; February 15, 2009|
|Earth; Dish Network; October 25, 2009|
|Mars; XT6; March 27, 2010|
|Jupiter, Io and Ganymede; XT6; July 4, 2009|
|Saturn; XT6; April 02, 2009|
The following planets were all imaged with the Epsilon-200. The planets are far too small to render much detail within the E-200's field of view, though. My primary reason for imaging them was to simply say that I did it. Plus, I was hoping to catch a few moons, which I did!
|Uranus and moons; E-200; July 17, 2010|
|Neptune and Triton; E-200; July 17, 2010|