We pack up at 7pm, and the sun sets around 9pm. The place where we play chess forces me to aim at least 35 deg west of south, if I want to aim from the chess boards and not beg a few people to meet together in the parking lot.
I'll bring a white light solar. I also need to calculate where Saturn and Jupiter will be so I can find them when it is light out.
I've seen Jupiter and Mars at 200x at noon, and they looked good, but that was with go-to and 24" scope. I have to find them with a 80mm f5 refractor on an AZ photo tripod and 1x unpowered sight. My eyepieces are 20mm 66deg, 14mm 82 deg, and 8.8mm 82 deg.
I have binoculars but see no point in bringing the 16x. Maybe the 5x, though I don't know if even they can see it.
How hard will this be 2 hours before sunset, and will the 5x25 see anything?
I can experiment from home on the days leading up, but am curious what people know.
Also, another reason I'm bring the ST 80 is I'm on a bicycle. I could strap a bigger scope to my back, but I'm thinking the smaller scope is better for the 7-mile ride, and tall enough to see over the railing.
Will Jupiter's moons be visible 2 hours before sunset at 53x in 80mm aperture? I'll report my findings tomorrow, but hoping someone has tried it before.
Hopefully the sun has sun spots.
The planets should more a degree closer to the sun each day.
Any info on degrees from the sun and from each other and above the horizon would be wonderful.
Edited by stargazer193857, 18 August 2019 - 03:51 AM.