I stumbled upon this picture of Jupiter today, and was surprised to see it was done with just a small scope:
This was taken with a Tele Vue-60mm f/6, Powermate 2.5X, ZWO ASI385MC on an iOptron SkyGuider Pro. Seeing was not bad for suburban Washington DC. Autostakkert did all the real work.
I'm a total newbie, and of course I'd love to be able to photograph planets, but investing in a more solid setup is not an option right now. I also want to keep my equipment as light as possible, which is not very AP friendly... This picture, however, gives me hope that planetary imaging can be achieved with a relatively basic equipment. If you don't have high expectations about IQ, obviously... But the joy of taking a picture of Jupiter that's not a fuzzy white spot, would be really enough for me now.
I have a somewhat comparable setup right now (iOptron SkyGuider Pro, Canon 300mm f/4). If I were to buy a small CCD camera, like a ZWO ASI120 or similar, and put a 2x teleconverter at the end of my Canon lens... Would this setup be good enough to take modest pictures of Jupiter or Mars, like the one above?
Also, I understand that planetary imaging is quite different, and I'm not very comfortable with the theory. Any input on the matter would be great!
As usual, thanks for your valuable advice