Thursday, August 13, 2009

Jupiter's back!

This was a photo I'd been anxious to get since I got my spotting scope last December! By the time I got it, Jupiter was too low on the horizon to be able to get a photo of it. Now, although I had to wait until about 10:45 p.m., I had another chance. I tried taking photos with my 70 - 300mm telephoto lens last night, but they didn't come out very good. The spotting scope did a pretty good job with Jupiter, but Mars didn't come out so well. I'm anxious to try Venus soon.
It is possible to see all 4 of the Galilean moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Last night when I looked at them, only 3 were visible and one was on the left side. Click on the photo to enlarge it to see the moons better.

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