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Quote:The Gallilean Moons of Jupiter (more than specks preferred)
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Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:My potential concerns are that my primary viewing area will be off my balcony (live in a townhouse) which is approx. 4 feet by 12 feet with a 3 ft railing.
You know you are there when you start thinking in terms of EXIT PUPIL rather than Magnification..
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Quote:Quote:The Gallilean Moons of Jupiter (more than specks preferred)Is "more than specks" realistic for any amateur scope? There were 5 specks last night instead of the customary 4, but one was a star, and the moons and star were both the same diameter in my scope.
Quote:Expecting to see the moons of Jupiter as more than simple points of light is asking a lot. It can be done with a scope as small as 6 inches in aperture, but it requires very good seeing (stable air).
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Canon 70D / 550D.
Quote:Using my 10" f/6 dob I regularly challenge the more interested folks at public observing events to estimate the relative sizes of the moons, and I am frequently pleasantly surprised that they get them correct.
Quote:Thanks for all the suggestions! I am learning more about the solar system even, never knew that Ceres was sometimes visible to the naked eye.
Quote:The balcony is wooden (or fake wood in parts), but is on legs to the ground, not just mounted to the building.
Quote:Quote:Thanks for all the suggestions! I am learning more about the solar system even, never knew that Ceres was sometimes visible to the naked eye.Take a look at the website that I help maintain; lots of good info there, including answers to all your questions.Better yet, buy a good book. The internet is OK, but for well organized authoritative information, there's no substitute for books.Quote:The balcony is wooden (or fake wood in parts), but is on legs to the ground, not just mounted to the building.Ouch! It will probably work, but you're going to have to learn to keep very still.Anything wrong with observing from ground level?
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Quote:Tony, I checked out the link that you posted and went to "A Saturn Almanac" and it's all 2011 information. Are they going to update this?