The highly commended image for the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category of the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
The Planets, Comets and Asteroids category is for everything in our solar system not covered by the other competition categories, and so includes satellites, comets, asteroids and other forms of zodiacal debris. Visit How to photograph comets for expert tips.
Highly commended for the IAPY 2016 Planets, Comets and Asteroids category
The 2016 highly commended entry for the Planets, Comets and Asteroids category is 'King of the Planets' by Damian Peach (UK), taken at Marley Vale, Barbados on 18 March 2016, using a Celestron C14 telescope with Celestron CI-700 mount, and a ZWO Optical ASI 174 mm camera with multiple channels.
What the photographer says
‘A wealth of storm activity is visible across the face of the Solar System’s largest planet in this view obtained close to opposition [when Jupiter is opposite the Sun in the sky]. The ‘Great Red Spot’ is well placed, showing a deep orange colour – the most colourful it has appeared in many years. Conditions were close to perfect for this session. I clearly remember saying ‘wow!’ when focusing the live camera feed.’ Damian Peach
What the judges say
‘This is surely the finest ground-based image of Jupiter taken in recent years. There’s a phenomenal amount of detail to pore over here – from the many, small storms to the remarkable detail within the ‘Great Red Spot’ and equatorial belts. A truly inspiring piece of work.’ Will Gater
Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition
The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, sponsored by Insight Investment, is an annual global search for the most beautiful and spectacular visions of the cosmos by amateur and professional astrophotographers. The winning images are showcased in a stunning exhibition at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.