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comet(?) headed for Jupiter
      #4157197 - 11/01/10 08:27 PM

I would say it's time for this to have it's own subject / thread & please let me be clear that I'm not trying to take anything away from the thread 'objects near Jupiter' started by roc.ls1864.

I just am pretty certain that this thing I have been viewing over the past 6 nights is indeed a comet heading for the gas giant, Jupiter. Plus, I want to think there is a slight chance that this object may come into contact with Jupiter's ring! I just hope that I won't be 'cursed' as the only one able to see this happening.

here are my 'drawings' from my 1st night views. Enjoy!



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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4157751 - 11/02/10 02:18 AM

Well, it kind of looks like dust on the lens. I haven't seen anything on Jupiter lately that looks like this. Clear skies to you.

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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: David Knisely]
      #4157777 - 11/02/10 02:51 AM

This is probably a bit better suited for the "Planetary and Solar System Observing" forum than "Deep Sky Observing" one.

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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4157844 - 11/02/10 05:15 AM

Yep - dust on optics - removed in imaging via a 'flatfield'

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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4158147 - 11/02/10 10:01 AM

Hi AgesOne

Hey, I don't know if you ever got a welcome to Cloudy Nights, so...

WELCOME! We're glad you're here.

I agree with the others; it seems unlikely that all the guys taking pictures of Jupiter every night would have missed this. It's more likely to be something in your optical system.

But, having said that, let me commend you for your careful and detailed observations, and for your computer sketches!

I've got a 60mm refractor (700mm FL) like you, and I would imagine your 20mm EP in a 3x barlow gets you about to your limit (I've got a 9mm with a 2x barlow that gets about the same view). Well done, that's not the easiest magnification to use with those scopes unless your mount is rock solid (mine sure isn't!).

Clear skies, and we look forward to hearing more from you!


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: Tim L]
      #4158368 - 11/02/10 11:44 AM

Thanks for the warm welcome!
(it's peanutbutter jelly time!)

But believe me... I have been peering at Jupiter for the past year and a half, and am well aware of random specks of dust or hair that can land on your lens / eye piece that'll obstruct one's views of the night sky.

It must be that I am located in Ventura, Ca - that allows me to see what I have been seeing EVERY night since the 26th.
:: shrugs ::

It is no easy find, but I am shocked no one else has caught at least glimpses of the debris flying through space, directly at Jupiter. I'd be willing to say we have within the week (perhaps more) before this thing strikes.

At first I was pretty alarmed, as you can see with my first 'drawings' I was of the belief that this thing was already on Jupiter's doorstep, but the past couple night's have provided me with views that show this comet still far off in space.

I am confident in calling it a comet now, because after last night's spectacular view...

For most of the night, I viewed through just the eyepiece as this view is the best focus I get. But after growing tired of waiting for this thing to 'pass in front' of Jupiter, I loaded up my 20mm lens (no magnification) and again was able to see Jupiter, a couple moons, and this object flying between them heading towards the gas giant. (I love this binocular setting!) For a time,this view gave me a good look at this thing moving through space & what made last night more spectacular than others... for the most part (past 2-3 nights) I have been viewing this thing approach Jupiter from behind, and this is cool, because it's as if I am in it's wake of debris and what not.

So as this thing got closer, I began seeing coloration changes (I've never gotten any color from my telescope or lenses before) and as I zeroed in behind the comet, I could see a prism start to form around the wake, and as it got further into my view, the prism turned into a full blown rainbow!

Can I ask how many of you see Jupiter's ring system? I tried speaking with the folks at NASA about this find, but they cannot see it either and were nice enough to offer me Anthony Wesley's email, to see if I can pinpoint him to this object flying through space. & in his return email, he is asking me to explain the ring? That most amateurs are unable to find it. is this true?

Since I first realized the bright object moving through the Southern skies was Jupiter, I brought out my telescope and have looked at it on and off for well over a year. Those first views, I was able to toggle my eyepiece/lenses and 'find' the ring system, that runs from pole to pole. I haven't had any trouble with this ever since and by studying the ring system these past couple months, is what allowed me to stumble upon this gem in space!

So if you're able to get the ring into view... i recommend moving your head back an forth and if I'm right, you should be able to see Jupiter (background), ring system (middle ground), and this comet appears as a smudge, that can be on either side (left or right, mostly left) of the ring system.

By moving your head back n forth you should see 'distance' between Jupiter and ring, and 'distance' between ring and comet (smudge).

Every night since discovery, I have first found the ring, and proceed from there to locate the smudge approaching the gas giant.

I hope this helps, but let me assure you all this is no speck of dust on my optics. I truly do see rocks hurling through space at Jupiter.

--aaron


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4158429 - 11/02/10 12:11 PM

I really don't know where to begin in deconstructing this.
All I can say is that given the telescope/eyepiece
combination, it is probably internal reflections/ghosting
coupled with chromatic abberation, and also possibly
floaters in your eye.


Quote:

Can I ask how many of you see Jupiter's ring system?




Jupiter's ring was discovered during the Voyager fly-bys
and as far as I know is not visible with ground based
telescopes, and anyway it is in the equatorial plane, not
pole-to-pole. Are you by chance using a diagonal with
an Amici prism? As for the rest, feh.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: EJN]
      #4158471 - 11/02/10 12:35 PM

Indeed, I do not know of any ground based telescope (or even space based) telescope that has spotted Jupiter's ring, though it may be possible for the very large ones and/or Hubble. Maybe if they imaged in IR it might be easier. Anyway, no, Jupiter's ring is not visible though any amatuer instrument, and you drew it in the wrong place.

Secondly, it doesn't matter where you are when you are looking at Jupiter, the parallax due to different locations on the earth would be negligable for two objects near each other at Jupiter's distance. Most likely, the reason no one else has reported it is because it is only in your telescope or your eye.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4158540 - 11/02/10 01:03 PM

Quote:



It must be that I am located in Ventura, Ca...




Yup, that could have something to do with it...

j/k - but yeah I have to agree with the others. Keep looking at Jupiter though! At this link you will find a tool that will show you where Jupiter's moons are each night (among other things), it will help you identify some of the things you see flying around in that field of view:

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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: EJN]
      #4158579 - 11/02/10 01:18 PM

I'll take a shot at this.
I am going to guess you are not focused. You mention looking at Jupiter with no magnification, which means you don't have an eyepiece in the focuser. You can see all kinds of weird stuff that way, but it's not space debri. No telescope provides zero magnification with a 20mm eyepiece. Trust me if you can't see the bands on Jupiter at the same focus as whatever it is you are seeing it is just bluring of light. The Ring you describe is an illusion caused by not being in focus. You can't use a telescope without an eyepiece. (well you can but you won't see anything)


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter *DELETED* new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4158610 - 11/02/10 01:33 PM

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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: starrancher]
      #4158693 - 11/02/10 02:16 PM

Well...

I truly do appreciate everyone's comments. I don't know what to say... true, I am as amateur as the come, and have trouble describing this. Just the other night did I finally take apart my eyepiece to clean and make sure, this wasn't something on there, and I found out i wasn't looking into a mirror the whole time, but rather a prism of sorts. after cleaning, drying and putting it back in place, I still see these things.

And maybe I'm not viewing the ring ::shrugs:: but something is certainly running from pole to pole, as one night about a month ago, I tried my hardest to focus "behind" Jupiter and catch 'light' reflecting off the rocks in the ring behind Jupiter... and I did it.

What makes me so certain is being able to get these groups of rocks to 'fly across' Jupiter in the background. Now I don't believe problems with my optics would create this movement, and if it were just something 'in my eye' it's in both eyes, and is 'in place' every night for the past 6 nights.

here's my 'drawing' from last night's prism look



I tried my best to give the effect of the light coming off Jupiter, as the wake of this thing effects how the light shines back to Earth.

Edited by ages0ne (11/02/10 02:36 PM)


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter *DELETED* *DELETED* new [Re: ages0ne]
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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: EJN]
      #4158773 - 11/02/10 03:03 PM

ok then... can a person zero in on floaters in their eye, with their telescope?, and do these floaters produce a (very dark) silhouette against things (Jupiter) in the background?

what are the chances floaters appear in each eye at the exact same location?

Please... keep looking. I promise You All, it is there! getting smaller each night, but it IS there.

as for this ring... so maybe I am perceiving something different, but why does it run perpendicular and in nearly a straight line across Jupiter every night?

I know my telescope is on the lower end, it was given to me for Christmas awhile back, and only last year did I start really using it with how amazing Jupiter, and his moons and ring look. But what is in my signature is really all I know about it. I can't compare it's strength to others, cause I don't know. I know the lenses that came with it, provides better "looks", the higher the numbers get (i.e. HF6mm, HR12.5mm, HR20mm) but I don't know the difference between HF & HR.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4158816 - 11/02/10 03:22 PM

"as for this ring... so maybe I am perceiving something different, but why does it run perpendicular and in nearly a straight line across Jupiter every night?"

Sorry buddy, that is an issue with your telescope, it's not there, I looked at Jupiter last night with a 10" at 144x. I could see the Great Red Spot with a swirl around it and lots of other detail in the clouds and bands. There is no ring that you or any of us can see. Please listen to the folks about optical abberations/ghosting/reflections, cause that's what you have. Trust me, if you could see it with your scope, NASA would be all over it. Why don't you go over to the imaging forum, you can look at pics of Jupiter taken every night.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: EJN]
      #4158862 - 11/02/10 03:42 PM

Quote:

For most of the night, I viewed through just the eyepiece as this view is the best focus I get.



Quote:


So you were just using an eyepiece, not a telescope?
That would not form a coherent image. Or do you mean
just the eyepiece w/o a barlow? This is an unclear
statement.




sorry about that. I was looking through my telescope, with just it's prism... no lens, or barlow magnification.



Quote:

But after growing tired of waiting for this thing to 'pass in front' of Jupiter, I loaded up my 20mm lens (no magnification)



Quote:

A 20mm eyepiece would not have "no magnification"; given a 700mm f.l. it would be 35x. Or do you mean no additional magnification from a barlow? Another unclear statement.




again, no magnification with barlow adapter


Quote:

and again was able to see Jupiter, a couple moons, and this object flying between them heading towards the gas giant. (I love this binocular setting!)



Quote:

What binocular setting? It's a telescope with a single eyepiece (no binoviewer). Yet another unclear statement.




I call it a binocular setting, but really I am only comparing what I see in my telescope with a pair of good binoculars. the "setting" is my eyepiece moved all the way in (tight to the telescope) with or without my barlow x3, I get a "binocular view" with my 20mm and 12.5mm when the eyepiece is tucked tight to my telescope.



Quote:

For a time, this view gave me a good look at this thing moving through space & what made last night more spectacular than others... for the most part (past 2-3 nights) I have been viewing this thing approach Jupiter from behind, and this is cool, because it's as if I am in it's wake of debris and what not.




Quote:

You cannot judge perspective at Jupiter's distance, since the parallax would be so small as to be essentially zero. Anyway, a telescope is only a single optical path unlike binoculars.




I can judge perspective...

Quote:

So as this thing got closer, I began seeing coloration changes (I've never gotten any color from my telescope or lenses before) and as I zeroed in behind the comet, I could see a prism start to form around the wake, and as it got further into my view, the prism turned into a full blown rainbow!



Quote:

Chromatic aberration. Especially since the eyepiece
is almost certainly a Huygens.




huh? ummm ok. but last night is the only night this "chromatic aberration" made itself visible.


Quote:

By moving your head back n forth you should see
'distance' between Jupiter and ring, and 'distance' between
ring and comet (smudge).



Quote:

Again, you can't judge perspective in a telescope. The "ring" & the "comet" are almost certainly internal
reflections/ghost images in the eyepiece if they move
when you move your head. A roof prism in the diagonal
would cause a bright "spike" to extend from Jupiter
(or any bright star).




that's just it. I suggest moving your head because these 'objects' don't move but rather 'stay' in place as one changes their perspective of Jupiter... Jupiter / ring appears moving in background, while the objects 'stay' in place. Lemme say here, that I have learned to do this, because my optics aren't the greatest. Moving my head back from eyepiece, allows my eyes to focus much better into viewfinder than just moving the eyepiece back and forth. When I have a detail in view, that I would like a better look at, I move my head towards eyepiece focusing on the 'detail' I wish to see better. with a lil practice... viola


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter *DELETED* new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4158886 - 11/02/10 03:48 PM

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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: EJN]
      #4158937 - 11/02/10 04:06 PM

I give up as well. I tried though.

Thanks for the explanations everyone! sorry to have cause any undue excitement that I have been experiencing since the 26.

May You All be Blessed with clear skies


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: Tonk]
      #4159040 - 11/02/10 04:57 PM

ages0ne, don't feel bad. Everyone, even the guys who responded here have made their share of mistakes. If we compile them into a movie, it might be a hit comedy.

But they are honestly trying to explain what you saw. The main thing is that a comet or meteoroid headed to Jupiter wouldn't look the way you describe it. Many people have seen or photographed reflections and ghosted images; it happens a lot. Also, while Jupiter does have a ring system, there is no way any telescope from Earth can allow us to see it.

But keep observing. Maybe you might want to upgrade your eyepieces, slowly. Post back about your observations; I think many would be interested in reading what you see. And if you are posting here honestly, no worries!


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      #4159067 - 11/02/10 05:07 PM

Wow - I can't believe this converstion went this long. I was observing Jupiter with my 10" last night and definately didn't see anything next to Jupiter besides its moons, and definantely not any comet. As for the "ring" , that's pretty wierd. Then again, if this is a Galileo telescope we're talking about, I wonder what galileo really saw? Did he see the same thing?

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      #4159097 - 11/02/10 05:19 PM

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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: EJN]
      #4159273 - 11/02/10 06:30 PM

Again, thanks for your replies, fellas! but I really don't know what to say. it seems unlikely (to me) that floaters would be present, each of the 6 nights.

And I think a mistake I am making is pointing everyone towards Jupiter, and yes... even I dont see anything when looking at Jupiter. I need people to understand that what I'm asking of them is to view an object between Earth, and Jupiter, so the gas giant will most likely be out of focus. I know what I am seeing, and my certainty has only grown over the past 2 nights. Every night prior, I was doubting myself but through out the night(s) I would come across better views of this thing ::shrugs::

again, I am sorry for posting and wasting everyone's time. But I held off, for 3-4 days before becoming 'so certain'.

Either way, thanks again for everyone's help. I'll keep looking up as this won't shake my faith


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4159325 - 11/02/10 06:50 PM

Quote:

I need people to understand that what I'm asking of them is to view an object between Earth, and Jupiter, so the gas giant will most likely be out of focus.




What you need to understand is that any object from
about a mile away to a billion + light-years is at optical
infinity and will have the same focus in a telescope.
Try this: focus on the moon, then move the scope
to Jupiter. It will also be in focus. The moon is ~240000
miles away, and Jupiter is ~400000000 miles away. They
are both at optical infinity. If you are defocusing
Jupiter, then most likely you are seeing crud on your
eyepiece. No eyepiece is truly clean after more than
about 10 seconds of use, and it is difficult to clean an
eyepiece *truly pristine* without clean-room conditions.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: EJN]
      #4159409 - 11/02/10 07:28 PM

calm down, I was merely looking for others who are seeing this. YES all your explanations are rational, and I accept the possibility that I am wrong, but how does dirt move away from me, towards Jupiter?

If no one want's to believe me. fine! I understand, most people are of the motto... seeing is believing. I'm not one of them. But please let me apologize for creating pressure in your head that makes it want to explode.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4159580 - 11/02/10 08:57 PM

Quote:

If that's Oval BA, what was the dark dot to the east of the GRS a couple of nights ago??




posted by E_Look

I pulled this post from the Double Shadow Transit Jupiter Sketch 10/31/10 thread, and I am pretty sure this 'dark dot' is what I am trying to refer everyone to, as I was also viewing this thing / dark dot to the left of the GRS in my scope.

there are a couple thread's where people mention seeing 'something' (& this is really why I began posting) but my suggestion(s) have all been pretty much shot down. Is this due to my certainty, being new to astronomy & the forums, because my telescope is inexpensive... why?

either way... i can't wait fer 8:00 to roll around

--wonderer


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4159651 - 11/02/10 09:25 PM

agesOne,
Many people that participate on this forum have years of expereince and really good equipment. It takes courage to post a question.

Stay excited about what you see and keep looking up. It's all a learning experience. The sky is a beautiful place to behold.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4159655 - 11/02/10 09:28 PM

Quote:

there are a couple thread's where people mention seeing 'something' (& this is really why I began posting) but my suggestion(s) have all been pretty much shot down. Is this due to my certainty, being new to astronomy & the forums, because my telescope is inexpensive... why?

either way... i can't wait fer 8:00 to roll around

--wonderer




Hi agesOne,

I certainly join with the others in encouraging you to keep looking up and enjoying the night sky. There are so many fascinating things to see up there.

However, at least part of the reason people are resistant to your explanations has to do with claiming to see what can't physically be seen through the scope.

If you're seeing a ring of some sort going from pole to pole, it is not an actual ring around the planet, but something else. And as was mentioned above, the focus is the same for our moon or Jupiter. It isn't possible to change focus to look at something located in between the two. Whatever you are seeing when you defocus must be somewhere else.

So, if nothing else, you have an interesting puzzle to work out. Many ideas have been suggested here, and I'm sure you'll track down the solution. When you do, you'll have gained in experience, and will be able to pass that experience along to others.

In the meantime, keep enjoying the views of Jupiter!

Clear skies,


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: 7331Peg]
      #4159951 - 11/03/10 12:15 AM

-.-

ok.... I can admit defeat and I have to thank you guys for setting me straight. The line... err, ring I see is definitely due to my equipment and you'll have to forgive my stubbornness in that matter. You gotta understand this 'ring' is how I was orienting this thing I kept seeing. The reason I stayed looking mostly into my viewfinder (no lens or mag.) was because this line is almost always in view, and when I add lenses or magnification it blurs and i have to focus in and out to find it again.

BUT

my stubbornness still wont lets go of this thing approaching Jupiter. I no longer see it my "binocular setting" so I believe it's much closer to the planet now.

Tonight, I caught two groups, with the one on the left being much harder to see.... sorta. This one is much fainter than the one on the right, but in order to see this one (right) i have to let Jupiter pan all the way to the right, and I only get to see it for a brief moment before Jupiter is out of my viewfinder.

Again, I see rocks 'shooting through' my viewfinder, they
are 'in focus... hardly, and quickly fade into the immensity of Jupiter. but in order to see this I have to first locate either object, and center it in my viewfinder.

also keep in mind i think my 'prism' flips things, so my location descriptions may be backwards. left is right and right is left sorry.

Thanks for all the reply's though, and if this topic needs to be locked, sobeit

--wrong

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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4160019 - 11/03/10 01:20 AM

Hi agesOne,

Just for the sake of discussion,...

How are you able to tell the objects you see are moving from Earth to Jupiter, and not from Jupiter to Earth? It would seem that at that distance (near Jupiter, as you say) there would be no change in relative size from day to day.

Secondly, and I'm no expert here, but it seems to me that since we're rotating around the Sun about 1 degree each day, that the debris you see wouldn't stay line-of-sight to Jupiter over several nights. I can't quite get my head around how both planets could be in motion and yet have some rocks moving precisely in line like a bullet between the two.

These also to me, in addition to the optical information in above posts, suggest the real answer is somewhere closer to home.

To anyone:

I wasn't active in astronomy when Shoemaker-Levy hit. What was the trajectory of that impact? Was the comet visible in any small scopes? Was it ever lined up line-of-sight with Jupiter? Or did it strike from an oblique angle (left or right from our point of view)?

Maybe someone with experience of that prior impact could help explain how it appeared before hitting. People knew it was coming...how did they figure out the trajectories? It might help agesOne eliminate the comet theory as a probable explanation.

Clear skies to you,


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: Tim L]
      #4160024 - 11/03/10 01:29 AM

Thank You, and a buddy of mine asked the same thing... what if these objects are headed towards Earth instead?

lemme do another photoshop and get back to ya...


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4160049 - 11/03/10 01:59 AM



Please keep in mind that the much bigger chunks, hardly stay in a clean silhouette like above, and I have to fight tooth and nail, getting these objects 'centered' enough before I can began seeing the above image.

Also, from day one (26th), this was not a 'bullet shot' from Earth. However, i did indeed witness it being sucked into the gravitational pull, and for a good 3-4 days, it more or less spiraled towards Jupiter in a counterclockwise spin. Plus, if you look at my rendering from the first day (ignore the "ring" though) you'll see how stretched out it appears, and has consistently gotten much smaller as it gets closer and closer.


--stoked


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4160091 - 11/03/10 02:59 AM

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that's just it. I suggest moving your head because these 'objects' don't move but rather 'stay' in place as one changes their perspective of Jupiter... Jupiter / ring appears moving in background, while the objects 'stay' in place.


The "objects" are "in" your telescope. They are called dust or perhaps fuzz bunnies if the "objects" are large enough. That explains why they stay relatively in place and you see them in perspective with respect to Jupiter.

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I pulled this post from the Double Shadow Transit Jupiter Sketch 10/31/10 thread, and I am pretty sure this 'dark dot' is what I am trying to refer everyone to, as I was also viewing this thing / dark dot to the left of the GRS in my scope.

there are a couple thread's where people mention seeing 'something' (& this is really why I began posting) but my suggestion(s) have all been pretty much shot down.


Those sketches are of two of Jupiter's moons casting a shadow on its surface. It's an event called a "transit" and if you would read the post that contained the sketch you would learn that. It happens periodically and the occurrences can be predicted with astounding accuracy and precision.

At this point I question why I'm even responding. Mostly I think it is because these two points had not been addressed that I saw in my quick scan of the thread. Perhaps it is because I hold out some glimmer of hope that you really are just new and trying to learn. If you are, then good for you -- if not then I'm sorry to break to the news to you that prop 19 didn't pass but the good news is that you can still use your prescription...


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4160303 - 11/03/10 09:19 AM

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Please keep in mind that the much bigger chunks, hardly stay in a clean silhouette like above, and I have to fight tooth and nail, getting these objects 'centered' enough before I can began seeing the above image.

Also, from day one (26th), this was not a 'bullet shot' from Earth. However, i did indeed witness it being sucked into the gravitational pull, and for a good 3-4 days, it more or less spiraled towards Jupiter in a counterclockwise spin. Plus, if you look at my rendering from the first day (ignore the "ring" though) you'll see how stretched out it appears, and has consistently gotten much smaller as it gets closer and closer.


--stoked





This is ridiculous.

You need another telescope. If you were a scientist you would understand double checking your observations with other equipment and other observers rather than ranting about what are optical artifacts, "floaters" and dust and other optical impurities in your cheapo-teletoy.

There is plenty to see with a 60mm but that would not include rocks flying at Jupiter. This from a hardcore 60mm guy.

JR


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4160414 - 11/03/10 10:17 AM

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Please keep in mind that the much bigger chunks, hardly stay in a clean silhouette like above, and I have to fight tooth and nail, getting these objects 'centered' enough before I can began seeing the above image.

Also, from day one (26th), this was not a 'bullet shot' from Earth. However, i did indeed witness it being sucked into the gravitational pull, and for a good 3-4 days, it more or less spiraled towards Jupiter in a counterclockwise spin. Plus, if you look at my rendering from the first day (ignore the "ring" though) you'll see how stretched out it appears, and has consistently gotten much smaller as it gets closer and closer.


--stoked





agesOne,

Thanks for the image. If I understand right, your answer to "how do you know they're headed toward Jupiter rather than away?" is because in the photoshop, all the "rocks" appear to be streaking to a converging point on the planet, with the telescope appearing to be at a viewing point looking right down the stream. Correct?

Your drawing is really cool-looking (and you may have a future in astro-art), but those radial lines coming from the "rocks" are from optical defects in the scope. It's dramatic, and looks just like something from a movie; but like a movie, it's an illusion. Sorry.

Try this: with an eyepiece in place, find the rocks and then rotate the EP. Look for movement in the rocks, while the planet remains steady. Remember, we're not just looking for surface particles on a lens, but internal particles that might not be readily visible to the eye.

Next, try rotating your prism diagonal. Or has been suggested, swap it out with a 90-deg. diagonal. Try to isolate each lens in the system and rotate it. If there's a way to rotate the whole scope (maybe set the tripod up at an angle?) but keep the diagonal still pointed the same way relative to your head, try that too.

Finally, rotate your head around the EP as well, checking for floaters in the eye.

I don't know whether it's in your eye or dust on a lens somewhere. Your picture looks really cool, but that is not how a comet or space rocks would appear.

Like I said before, you've got a puzzle ahead of you. Do your best to figure it out. Otherwise you'll be watching those "rocks" a long time waiting for them to hit anything.

Maybe find an astro-club in your area and look through some other scopes--that will help give you more experience, and more understanding of what happens in your own optics.

Clear skies to you,


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: ages0ne]
      #4160679 - 11/03/10 12:20 PM

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I need people to understand that what I'm asking of them is to view an object between Earth, and Jupiter, so the gas giant will most likely be out of focus.





No, they won't. Anything past maybe something like 100 yards away from your scope should focus at infinity.

Just curious, why are you so stubbornly insisting on such an unlikely conclusion that this small telescope you have with inferior optics and your eyes are the ONLY ones out of the WHOLE WORLD to see these objects? It is VERY CLEAR you have floaters in your eyes. These are little chunks of organic matter floating around in the fluid in your eyes. As they drift around, they block the light sensing cells in your retina and look like objects. FURTHERMORE, I've heard they are more visible at high power becuase of the smaller exit pupil. Additionally, as the floaters drift around, it will appear they are moving.

Also, for Jupiter to cause objects to move fast enough for that movement to be seen visually, it would have to have like the mass of the sun.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: Tonk]
      #4160696 - 11/03/10 12:25 PM

Gentlemen. Chill. We are amateurs. I don't know about anyone else, but I do this purely for fun and enjoyment. I would agree that ages0ne may not be correct, but let's be a bit more civil. I also started (using my kids') toy store refractor.

I'm a rank newb myself. I've posted dumb stuff. I've been put in my place. But those who did it were kinder and gentler and were interested in dialogue.


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Re: comet(?) headed for Jupiter new [Re: tatarjj]
      #4160706 - 11/03/10 12:29 PM

enough. I'm locking this one and doing some editing. Remember. We all need to be respectful and courteous.

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