I have just invested in a remote shutter release for my camera. This has enabled me to take manual time lapse and long exposures. I tried it out this evening with an attempt to photograph the planets.
My first attempt was OK, at least the images were still and spherical. Mars was glowing red, Saturn was grey and Jupiter was just bright - very bright. This was the best of 46 images with the camera set on time lapse, F8 with a 410mm focal length lens.
Having closed down the aperture to F22 and increased the time lapse, these images were my best results. The inset shows the position of each planet in relation to the main stars in Orion. Jupiter was about 28 degrees above the horizon. I need a better lens for star gazing.