Although I started with a Toucam 840k and 6" achromat a couple of months earlier, it was in August 2009 that I began planetary imaging in earnest by purchasing a secondhand C11 and a DBKAU21 osc.....the rest, as they say, is history.
Addictive, engrossing, rewarding and challenging with a huge dose of the gambling element as far as seeing is concerned are aspects of this "occupation" - which for me also allows a lot of scope (pardon the pun! ) for my inventiveness apropos fabricating specialised fittings to make everything easier and/or more efficient.
A couple of highlights during this time have been being asked to use one of my Saturnian images in the "nature International Journal of Science" paper on Saturn's Giant Storm (I had become slack about forwarding images to Jupos etc at that time) and my recent involvment in bringing the ASI120MM cmos camera online.....this latter particularly satisfying as I believe it to be the next advance in planetary imaging cameras, and also for the camaraderie I developed with the camera's maker Sam.
Anyway, here are the highlight images for me - a couple were easy picks but there were a few competing images in my collection also - not least being the recent Jovian image captured at 33 degrees near home recently...Uranus detail is one target I will work on in the future, as well as Venus & Mercury both of which have never been favourably placed when I have found the time to attempt any "real" imaging of either...
Also, in the following post, the "Mk1" version of an adjustable extension tube to alter the image scale of these small-pixelled cmos cameras from anywhere just below 5000mm to around 8000mm, creating scale variations up to the equivalent of around 12000mm using my old PGR Flea3 - this with basically "off the shelf" fittings.