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Caught My First Glimpse of Jupiter!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:55 am
by Pullock
At about midnight (2 hours ago) I spotted something very bright in the sky, this is also the first clear night we've had in a while, So I grabbed my telescope, set it up and was amazed to spot Jupiter and a few of it's larger moons. I did struggle to get it focused and get it stabilized but for a first attempt I'm very happy with what I got to see, hoping to catch Saturn soon!

Re: Caught My First Glimpse of Jupiter!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:58 am
by carastro
It's great isn't it seeing those planets the first time.

Where are you located?

Carole

Re: Caught My First Glimpse of Jupiter!

PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:25 pm
by Pullock
I'm in Willenhall, West Midlands

Re: Caught My First Glimpse of Jupiter!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:26 pm
by galileo
you can't beat seeing Jupes for the first time, great isn't it.

Saturn might be a bit more problematic as is only gets 15deg above the horizon from our lats and you'll only be able to see it just before dawn. It would be worth the trouble if you've got a decent Southern horizon.

Re: Caught My First Glimpse of Jupiter!

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:26 pm
by Pullock
galileo wrote:you can't beat seeing Jupes for the first time, great isn't it.

Saturn might be a bit more problematic as is only gets 15deg above the horizon from our lats and you'll only be able to see it just before dawn. It would be worth the trouble if you've got a decent Southern horizon.


Hmm, that's not very good then, I'm having to look at other things between trees and over house, which are far from ideal conditions. Guess I'll have to find somewhere else to try from. Thanks for the tip.

Re: Caught My First Glimpse of Jupiter!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:47 pm
by galileo
Have you got Stellarium? will show you exactly where everything is

Re: Caught My First Glimpse of Jupiter!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:33 pm
by Pullock
galileo wrote:Have you got Stellarium? will show you exactly where everything is


Yes, downloaded it last night actually, just waiting for the cloud to clear now.

Re: Caught My First Glimpse of Jupiter!

PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 11:07 pm
by Dark knights
Congrats on spotting Jupiter for the first time. As others have said, the first sighting of it is awesome.