Jupiter on the Ides of March

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Hawkman, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    I haven't dragged out the telescope in awhile, what with the winter and all. But today, as both warmer temperatures and clear skies came together, I thought I would give it a shot and try to get a look at Jupiter and its moons. And it worked brilliantly. Unfortunately my shots don't do the view true justice (focus and exposure are extra tough on the telescope). But I did a get a decent shot or two.

    16207502584_169d4cc578_k.jpg Jupiter - Ides of March 2015 by SRHawk64, on Flickr
    Celestron NexStar 6SE - 1500mm f/10 +2X Barlow, 1/30, ISO 800.

    BTW, if you look close, in addition to the bands, you can make out the "Great Red Spot", which is actually shrinking and isn't quite so "Great" anymore, but noticeable nonetheless.
    I had a longer exposure one that showed the four larger moons of Jupiter, but it hasn't shown up on Flickr yet for some reason.
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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    Amazing...thought our moon was a good distance away at a quarter million miles, but Jupiter...at its CLOSEST point...is 365 million miles away !!!
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