All these recent posts about the past has reminded me of a few special events.
Twenty four years ago this past July a comet slammed into Jupiter! A one of a kind event that brought me back into the hobby after a decade of barely observing.
I still had my Meade 628C but it was rough, at least the mount was. I kept the OTA inside but left the mount outside for a few years since I lived in a small studio apartment at the time. I was determined to see this event so I restored the mount and had the little 6" mirror recoated with enhanced aluminum. All I could afterwards is pray for clear skies!
The seeing cooperated and the time had come to see if I could detect the impact site. Set my scope and got my old Meade Series One MA25mm, MA12.5mm, MA9mm, 6mm Or. & 4mmOr.
WOW! there it was clear as day! Dark markings on Jupiter looking like bruises! I got my Minolta SRT201 Camera body with cable release and Meade Eyepiece projection camera adapter with the 4mmOr. inside. It sure was difficult focusing with all that extra weight but I managed to get a picture of the event. Its not much but it shows the impact areas. I probably used Kodak ASA400.
Here's iPhone pic of the original film picture.