Mighty Jupiter- Through a Telescope with Planetary Filters

Jupiter, the largest and mightiest planet in our solar system. It’s mass is two and a half times greater than all the other planets combined and has a diameter 11 times larger than the Earth. It is an amazing planet, and a fantastic target for amateur astronomers to observe!
This video demonstrates the use of planetary filters to aid in observing different features of the Jovian atmosphere. Typically, a filter of the opposite color of the feature you want enhanced is used. For example, the contrast of the Great Red Spot and the ruddy brown cloud belts can be improved by using a blue filter. You can also experiment with different colors to see what effects they have. Also, be aware of the tint of the filter you are using. It’s best to avoid darker filters if you are using a small aperture telescope, as the darker tints will block a large portion of light.


Mine Cast says:

Nice. is that the red spot on jupiter?

Jack Setian says:

Im not using a refractor…

Valdric Lim says:

What music was used on this video! Thanks!

Walter Martins Astrofotografia says:

Excelente Video

gabriel reyna says:

Gustav Holst goes good with the video . Love it. Jupiter my favorite planet. It’s sad when It leaves the cold skies I do say hi when It returns. I like this video.

wesley mccurtain says:

You’re making me miss the days I had a telescope, dark skies and time to view! I spent many hours looking at Jupiter or Saturn!

Jack Setian says:

Could you explain if there is any way to fix the blue jupiter i am seeing through my reflector

Jack Setian says:

yea, im using a 127eq celestron refractor. I thought aberration was caused by reflectors even more so due to the light waves breaking up. I could see the eyepieces making the difference. But how would the scope cause this? thanks.

DwayneBSapling says:

Excellent! I realy like that you mentioned that people using smaller aperture telescopes should avoid using the deeper filters. It took me a while to figure that out. Even though I prefer the view through my green filter, I find that it gobbles up too much light in my 3.5″ refractor and I lose the ability to detect very fine detail, so I am now using the light blue filter as my primary Jupiter filter. Have you noticed that filters actualy worsen the view if there is haze present?

Jack Setian says:

Haha, sorry thats my bad. But thanks. I kinda suspected its the eyepieces. I really like the video btw. Now, how did you film this and with what? Any software?

Gary Zapotoczny says:

Hey Charlie, just went through your vids and saw the MEPS one.  I’m retired AF myself….Old F-15 crew chief.

Andy H says:

what telescope are you using??

ldchappell1 says:

Love it. Amazing when you realize it’s almost 400 million miles. 

N4GW says:

Hi, I have an 8″ SCT, and I tried many filters on Jupiter.  Of the colored ones, blue was the best.  To me, the best filter with the highest contrast was a ND moon filter (25%)

Jesse says:

what is the point in filters. they all seem terrible compared to no filter. i have a set of cheap orion filters and still enjoy view with out them>

Tyler Moyer says:

This video of Jupiter must of been taken under PERFECT viewing conditions. How much magnification are you using? My views of Jupiter through my 12inch Dob are nowhere hear as good as what I am looking at here. Granted, I have not had the chance to take the scope out to dark skies but when I point the scope at Jupiter, I can just barely make out 2 belts due to the brightness…

GR astronomer says:

Check out my channel

GALAXY 101 says:

I have always been interested in exploring the universe.  I had cheap Bushnells for 100$ for 4 years. Now I just ordered Orion 8974 SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope.  I hope its going to be right fit for me 🙂 

Youtuber Kid says:

Great video thanks for sharing I’m excited for when my Celestron Powerseeker 80eq arrives and I’m going straight for Jupiter

StayOutPls says:

Great video! I know this video is from a while back but I need some help with my telescope! I recently got a Celestron 127 EQ Newtonian Reflector and I have a few problems.

1). Collimation: The telescope is not properly collimated but I’m currently getting a laser collimator so that should fix the problem!
2). Shakiness: So i have been able to find Venus and Jupiter temporarily but the telescope is just shaking like crazy on a perfectly clear night with no noticeable wind. I assumed it was a problem with the mount, but with extensive research I realized nobody else with this particular telescope was having this problem.
3). Finder Scope: For me the finder scope Is WAAYY out of sync with the main scope, so I just have to eye where to point the telescope, making the process of locating celestial objects a struggle.

If you could help with any of these problems it would mean a lot, thanks in advance!

Andrew Fitzgerald says:

Must be amazing to see for the first time with your own equipment

Ajay Vijayan says:


Brenda Prince says:

Nice video. I really enjoyed it

Paul T says:

So no difference then? Would be better to show all images at the same time for comparison rather than 60 sec of headache inducing wobbly video for each colour.

Canoon Canoon II says:

Ok…you explained clearly.  Thank you.

Mic Micson says:

Yeah, I see its red spot.

questgnarnia says:

can you teach me how to use my telescope :[

i have a 10inch 1250mm reflector and I feel like when I use either my 28mm, 14mm, 10mm, or 5mm eyepieces, Jupiter is still so tiny is barely even descernable. And then, i don’t know if this is how it’s supposed to be, but you can’t continually zoom in with my focuser, you get to a crisp point, and then it goes out of focus when zooming in or out.

Paa Hawkins says:

what size telescope was this and what kind? Also what kind of camera?

RustEZZEProductions says:

ih… awhh… cuzubaw??????

Jack Setian says:

Why is jupiter blue when i look at it???

peterkelly00 says:

Great video & music. Thanks for showing comparison with different filters.

dmana3172 says:

So beautiful! Too bad it’s farther away from us now and it would look smaller in my telescope. 🙁

Josh riche says:

What type of rig are you using?

moussaemad says:

Chromatic aberration…

 Write a comment


Do you like our videos?
Do you want to see more like that?

Please click below to support us on Facebook!