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Jupiter through binoculars - smallest bins to see equatorial bands?

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#26 Davo171

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Posted 11 June 2018 - 07:21 PM

New guy here.  Interested in the comments (and the other thread linked to here)

 

Haven't seen any bands yet, but last night I was able to see that Jupiter had an almost diamond appearance, a little wider to the sides.

 

That was through a little pair of 6x32 binos in a dark area rested.

 

Can't wait to get into more magnification.


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#27 dd61999

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 05:59 PM

So is there a conclusive magnification level to see the bands in binoculars? Or is this really reserved for telescopes 



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Posted 13 May 2019 - 02:06 AM

Why do you want to know? Are you interested in a once in a lifetime event with perfect atmosphere and vision?

 

I have seen the two bands regularly at 40x magnification in as small as a 62mm non-ED Minox spotting scope (40x). I was going to check my binos. It is nearly midnight, yet still warm from the day. I could not see the bands in either Canon 18x, 15x or 10x IS hand held. I double checked with two different scopes at 40x and 60x and no bands were visible either. The atmosphere was boiling too much. I have seen the bands two days ago under seemingly similar conditions. That said I have my doubts I could hold the image stabilized binos well enough to see the bands. Better chances mounted. (But then, why not use a telescope?)



#29 dd61999

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 07:27 AM

Why do you want to know? Are you interested in a once in a lifetime event with perfect atmosphere and vision?

 

I have seen the two bands regularly at 40x magnification in as small as a 62mm non-ED Minox spotting scope (40x). I was going to check my binos. It is nearly midnight, yet still warm from the day. I could not see the bands in either Canon 18x, 15x or 10x IS hand held. I double checked with two different scopes at 40x and 60x and no bands were visible either. The atmosphere was boiling too much. I have seen the bands two days ago under seemingly similar conditions. That said I have my doubts I could hold the image stabilized binos well enough to see the bands. Better chances mounted. (But then, why not use a telescope?)

Because I prefer binoculars for astronomy rather then telescopes 



#30 Mark9473

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 07:54 AM

IMHO it takes about 80x to see something worth looking at more than just once or twice.



#31 Miranda2525

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 05:24 PM

I saw a nice sized "disc" of Jupiter last week in the morning using my 16x50's, but it needed to get higher to get out of the "soup".  I'll see if I can see any of the bands next time it gets higher.

 

Best views for me is with my 10" XTi and my binoviewers at 155x




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