Finally Seeing Detail of Juptier with my 114GT
Posted 04 February 2004 - 11:25 PM
I am so happy, tonight was a clear night, probably one of the best so far, since i got my scope in december, it was clear, and not to chilly. Anyways i was able to finally see Jupiters Cloud belts, i saw atleast 2-3 and i was estatic! i used both my blue filter and without a filter and noticed some more detail with the blue filter i think it was #80A, i cant wait to experiment with some of my other filters. Also i was able to watch Io pass behind the planet, that was just icing on the cake!
Clear Skies and Warm Weather!
Posted 04 February 2004 - 11:58 PM
Posted 05 February 2004 - 12:05 AM
I also received my Baader Solar Filter today and cant wait to use it.
Posted 05 February 2004 - 12:26 PM
Have you found a dark site yet? Not that you really need one for planetary observations. I have a 114mm reflector as well, and I can get four bands on Jupiter easily, and during odd moments of exceptional clarity, as many as six. Keep observing, your eye gets better at noticing subtle details with practice. Another treat you have in store for you are shadow transits of Jupiter's moons (black dot visible against planet's surface) and the Great Red Spot (which doesn't really look very red to me). Happy hunting!
Posted 21 February 2004 - 10:13 AM
Posted 21 February 2004 - 05:29 PM
Isn't Jupiter cool? I had my 130 out last week on a night of great seeing and I was giggling and grinning like a school kid. I'm sure my neighbors would have been suspect of what was going on on my deck if they heard me.
Saturn made me gasp. It was the first time I've ever viewed it with clarity and I managed to get a clear tight view with a 6mm Plossl. As soon as Jupiter cleared the trees, I was on it, but it was a bit low at first and was boiling a bit. I went inside, had some joe and tried again about an hour later. I was mesmorized. I could make out 4 bands and 4 moons. I used a yellow filter, which after further research, I discovered isn't the best choice. I'm going to use the green or blue the next time out.
I now sit here waiting out cloudy skies, jonesing like a junkie for the next clear night!
Posted 25 February 2004 - 03:33 AM
Posted 25 February 2004 - 05:31 PM
My own (very limited) experience has been that the 6mm Plossl is about as high as I can go and still get a tightly focused, clean picture that doesn't feel like you're looking through a soda straw. I also have a 9, 15, and 32mm Plossl selection. I'm also gradually becoming attached to the 9mm and 32mm EP's.
My EP selection is an uneducated and haphazard trial and error program, , but I'm having max fun with the learning curve! The Pleiades look SWEET through the 32mm Plossl.