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#1 phillip

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 04:51 AM

Jupiters Great Red Spot will be inview prior to dawn this morning. Wow,

Been so overcast lately, winds now subsided so fingers crossed sky stays

Clear! Realize it's low, but have caught near decent views just weeks ago.

Check it Out!

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XT8I, XT10 Dobs
Clave 8mm, Nagler 4.8mm, Baader 10mm ortho eyepieces
And away we go!

Edited by phillip, 16 February 2019 - 04:52 AM.


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 07:40 AM

Hope some were brave enough to try the elements as still very cold here in midwest.

Wasn't a pristine view but definitely was able to pull in the GRS.

The modest baader 10mm did the best for matching sky conditions and Jupiter's low position.

First gave a poor visual but had flashes of touch of clarity and the view was obvious.

Never tire catching this larger planet, times releases great Details!

Was worth the look, least for Me!

My XT8 was thermal ready as always try to keep it in the car!

Clear Sky!

Edited by phillip, 16 February 2019 - 07:49 AM.

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 08:36 AM

Glad you got some EP time.  Thanks for the report.



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Posted 16 February 2019 - 09:05 AM

Thanks!

Wasn't going to mention, but this was far from an uneventful outing. I was on a side country

Road to observe, couldn't find the field pull off, as all icy, snow covered. Trying to edge off

Went too far and front wheels dropped and I was hopelessly Snowbound!

Was looking up tow services, then a car stopped noticing my predicament. Turned out a couple

I knew of from my store workplace. They even had a heavy shovel, and after few minutes they

Helped push me Out! Fortunate they happened to pass by after 530 AM! Lucky!!

Was only after all that I last caught the Jupiter view.

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 11:16 AM

Even on below average conditions, patience can produce a brief clarity well worth the wait.

Only took over 1/2 minute for the recognized GRS. Even had a clue of its outer shape. Cloud

detail was not there, but didn't expect alot with the planets low position in heavier atmosphere

Distortion.

For a first time observor it's not an overly large target, tho roughly near two earth sizes.

Helps to know it's location, SkySafari certainly works well on That! I rely on it alot!

With all my ordeal prior, only left a few minutes to observe. By several minutes after

6 dawn glare took over. However with single digit temps, wasn't after a longer Look! Hah!

Edited by phillip, 16 February 2019 - 11:21 AM.

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#6 Dave Mitsky

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 12:43 PM

Online GRS transit times can be found at https://www.projectp...om/jeve_grs.htm and https://www.skyandte...great-red-spot/

 

 

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#7 phillip

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Posted 17 February 2019 - 03:00 PM

Thanks

That's a nice link!

Currently my views on Jupiter are b4 the pre-dawn glow takes over, SkySafari also helps on these.

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Posted 18 February 2019 - 01:22 PM

The transit times have been working out perfectly for me.  I've been observing Jupiter on clear mornings the last two weeks between 05:00 and 06:00 PST, and the GRS has been there almost every time.



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 08:02 AM

Anyone notice that the North Equatorial Belt is looking particularly thick and billowy this apparition?



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Posted 19 February 2019 - 07:47 PM

Cloudy, cloudy again Midwest! Have to check that out. Was an interesting mention that Jupiter's

Bands are smoothed out abit more compared to decade Ago?

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