I really wish i couldve gotten a pic of these two as it is the best ive seen of these two and included the shadow of ganymede crossing jupiter. This was early saturday morning between 3am to 4am pst june 12. The seeing was excellent at my dark sky site that i was at, elev 7800 ft and sqm of 21.67(earlier in the evening). The temp was a steady 32*F
i was using my 9.25 evolution with TV 13 and 11 Delite eps.
saturn: guys, i have never seen such a spectacular image of saturn through an EP. like i was looking at a hubble telescope photo! I had no problem using the 11 delite and really shouldve used my 2x balow with it or with the 13 delite, but i didnt think of it until i had finished observing. It was so steady and no tube currents to speak of. Which is amazing in itself! The 9.25 really stuggles to keep up with quickly changing temps.
the differnt shades of colorful banding on the planet were clearly visible as well as its rings. The cassini division was plainly visible. I was trying to discern the inner rings but couldnt really tell just a light color there.
jupiter: i believe i was seeing ganymedes shadow just finishing its crossing. I dont think it was a floater in my eyes😉. I was pretty stoked at that as it has been a loooong time since ive witnessed that. I just got back into this hobby a year ago. Jupiters bands were nicely visible. My best memories of jupiter, circa 1998-2003 i distinctly remember sawtooth like structure in some of the clouds and a much more red red spot. I didnt notice any of that during this viewing or recent views. Maybe thats no longer visible of my 9.25 lacks the contrast to see it. My Parks 8” reflector has better contrast. Ive read that the great red spot has changed to a much lighter color. And i believe i saw that in the lower left corner?
so glad to have these two visible again. Even though its early but i think thats the best time for steady seeing and steady temps which are sooo important. Cant wait to view these with my Parks 8” that now has rotating rings and is steady as a rock on my cgx mount.
edit: it appears i saw ganymede its self not its shadow crossing in front of jupiter. Based on reding others posts about this. Wow amazing!
Edited by Cfeastside, 14 June 2021 - 10:59 AM.