Jupiter blazes with fainter Uranus in the background

Jupiter and Uranus are within one degree of each other in the sky, so I was able to get both of them to sit for a portrait. Uranus is much fainter than Jupiter, but is easy to see, even in a small telescope.
I used my eight-inch dobsonian telescope and a wide (50mm) eyepiece to get them in the same view. Then I held my Canon Rebel XS up the eyepiece to snap their picture.
It took lots of trys to get a shot without too much wobbling. The Canon has a sensitive detector, but it still took a two second exposure to get fainter Uranus in the frame. The dots next to Jupiter are its four brightest moons.

Jupiter, its four brightest moons with Uranus to its right.

Here’s the same scene simulated by JPL, it’s reversed, since the telescope’s mirrors reverse the scene.

Jupiter, its four brightest moons and Uranus, simulated by JPL's Solar System Simulator

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