In addition to the attractive composition, this target:
- is framed nicely by any 50mm "normal" lens, or any point-and-shoot set to "normal" zoom
- is available at a reasonable time (8pm California, 11pm Massachusetts)
- can be shot in mid-March when the moon is below the horizon
- does not require guiding - just polar align your mount and shoot
Attached is a composition chart showing what you can expect with a 50mm lens and suggested exposure table. In addition to straight shots of Leo and Jupiter, you might try adding some filters (star, haze, etc.) for additional effects.
Let's see what you can do!