Astrophotographer Alexander Pietrow recently made some unusual photo history: he is apparently the first person ever to photograph the Moon and Jupiter using a Game Boy Camera.
He decided to pair this “ancient” digital camera with an ancient telescope: the 6″ Fraunhofer telescope in Leiden University’s Old Observatory — a telescope that dates way back to 1838. Using a Gosky Universal Cell Phone Adapter, Pietrow managed to align the Game Boy Camera with the telescope’s eyepiece.
“The biggest issue was a typical Dutch one: waiting for a cloudless night,” Pietrow says. For some test shots, he shot a photo of a nearby church clock tower to test the imaging quality:
After waiting a few weeks, the clouds parted and the night sky was finally visible. Pietrow took his camera into the observatory and began shooting. He photographed the moon through the viewfinder for wide-angle shots and through the telescope for detailed views. While the viewfinder photos weren’t very interesting — they only showed the phase of the moon — the zoomed-in photos actually captured the moon’s craters using the low-fi camera.
After shooting the moon, Pietrow then aimed his unusual camera setup at Jupiter. He was surprised when one of the photos actually captured three of Jupiter’s moons.
And that’s how the world’s first Game Boy Camera photos of Jupiter came to be.
Image credits: Photographs by Alexander Pietrow and used with permission