Jump to content

740427863_Terminatorchallenge.jpg.2f4cb93182b2ce715fac5aa75b0503c8.jpg

Fingers crossed


Daz69
 Share

Recommended Posts

I'm hoping to bag a glimpse of Jupiter tonight. It will be the first time I've ever seen it apart from in photographs, if I'm lucky.

  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hope all goes well and the seeing is good for you. The Great Red Spot (GRS) is just starting to come round, so if you persevere a little with the viewing you may see it too. Good luck! :) 

Pic below shows GRS just coming into view.

IMG_0396.thumb.PNG.c1b77881a316ed8060a08816f185df26.PNG

Edited by Knighty2112
  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sending all positive vibes your way to see Jupiter. It's amazing even when not at its best. I'm looking forward to the April 7 opposition when it will really put on a show!

Here is a video I shot of Jupiter & Io a few years ago:

Best wishes,

Reggie

 

BTW, I tried taking shots with my GoPro through my scope but the image was entirely too small and unusable. It was worth a try!

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

How did you get on daz? It's nice and visible from Liverpool right now , I had a good look the other night. Going to try and view the ISS tonight me with a bit of luck.

hope you managed to take a good look mate,

Nathan

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well guys, all of your vibes and best wishes came true, so thank you.

OMG I cannot believe what I saw. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I was using my 130 as my dob base for my 200 isn't finished yet, but OMG.

I was using my 9mm with an LPF as the moon was coming up, and even used my cover thingy on the front of the tube (very technical me). I tried the barlow but that made the view worse. I saw the 4 Galilean moons, with the closest 2 swapping places almost, which was awesome to see. The 4th moon (I know it has 67) visible is amazingly some way out, but it still fitted withing the EP.  I viewed Jupiter it for nearly 2 hours. 

I even managed to get a rubbish photo on my iPhone. Not sure if you'll see 2 of the moons (maybe 3 but very grainy, sorry!) to the top right of the Jupiter. Not bad for something 420 odd million miles away! 

877556c3-d940-45ab-b347-21987f88d533_zps

and I even got one of the pesky moon that spoilt everything :)  It's had a little touch-up in Photobucket.

0896d893-26a8-40ed-b86c-18449e39e8c4_zps

Overall, a very pleasant evening's viewing :D  :D 

 

Edited by Daz69
  • Like 8
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I could see the two bands either side of the equator but couldn't make out the GRS unfortunately. There was no detail to the red bands but definitely able to see that they were there. I'm so hoping that my 200p will show some extra detail, but I know that I am limited mainly to the quality of my EP's (Omni Plossl's) however they are far superior to the supplied ones that's for sure.

I also feel that my focusing was rubbish as every time I tried adjusting it slightly, the wobble created was terrible, so I was adjusting a little, then letting it settle down before adjusting again, and only by a nano titch every time, but the wobble is very annoying. Again, I'm hoping the sturdier dob base will yield better results. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

12 minutes ago, Daz69 said:

Well guys, all of your vibes and best wishes came true, so thank you.

OMG I cannot believe what I saw. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I was using my 130 as my dob base for my 200 isn't finished yet, but OMG.

I was using my 9mm with an LPF as the moon was coming up, and even used my cover thingy on the front of the tube (very technical me). I tried the barlow but that made the view worse. I saw the 4 Galilean moons, with the closest 2 swapping places almost, which was awesome to see. The 4th moon (I know it has 67) visible is amazingly some way out, but it still fitted withing the EP.  I viewed Jupiter it for nearly 2 hours. 

I even managed to get a rubbish photo on my iPhone. Not sure if you'll see 2 of the moons (maybe 3 but very grainy, sorry!) to the top right of the photo. 

877556c3-d940-45ab-b347-21987f88d533_zps

and I even got one of the pesky moon that spoilt everything :)  It's had a little touch-up in Photobucket.

0896d893-26a8-40ed-b86c-18449e39e8c4_zps

Overall, a very pleasant evening's viewing :D  :D 

 

Great stuff Dazz glad you got good results mate! Nice report also,

jupiters a beauty isn't she!

i use a SWE 130p and found my best views of Jupiter to be using my 4mm UWA

i took a few shots of the moon and Jupiter also....

little tip for pics mate,

get a iPhone adapter/holder from eBay for £5 and get night cap pro for iPhone to mess with settings...

im new to having a play with pics also but found the above helped a lot even tho my pics aren't the best but I'm happy with them ?

Will show you below mate

really enjoyed your write up

nathan

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 minutes ago, Daz69 said:

Cheers Nathan, I will check that out tomorrow. How does the iPhone gadget attach to the scope?

It has a sticky glue that sticks to your phone and also things you can tighten to hold the phone in place, the glue is the type you can wipe with a wet cloth once it's stickiness goes to bring back its grip it then sits on your EP. Will take a pick to show you mate

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

18 hours ago, Nathan UK said:

Eyar mate these pics should explain ? £5 well spent mate

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

image.jpeg

Thanks for taking the time to post this. I will have to look at that, cheers

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well done with getting your first view of Jupiter! You are right about focusing being critical but it can also be a pain - especially if things wobble while you are focusing or if you don;t have a dual-speed focuser for fine tuning. For the moon and planets and fuzzies I will generally find a reasonable star nearby if possible and set my focus using that and then go back to the target - I find I usually get a better focus that way.

 

 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Great stuff Daz69 :thumbsup: - keep going back again and again to Jupiter: some nights I find it a blurry fuzz ball, but other nights when seeing is good, and the scope is well cooled and collimated, the fine details are just spectacular.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

13 hours ago, niallk said:

Great stuff Daz69 :thumbsup: - keep going back again and again to Jupiter: some nights I find it a blurry fuzz ball, but other nights when seeing is good, and the scope is well cooled and collimated, the fine details are just spectacular.

I had the scope out a good 2 hours before using it, set it up before dinner, and then saw that Jupiter wouldn't be high enough until at least 21:00hrs, so actually nearer 3 hours! I'm also happy with the collimation (bit of a perfectionist getting things working spot on) but I hear what you're saying about seeing conditions being different every time, but I think probably my way biggest problem was viewing Jupiter almost 2 feet above my neighbours house :rolleyes:  ha ha!. 

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

54 minutes ago, Daz69 said:

I had the scope out a good 2 hours before using it, set it up before dinner, and then saw that Jupiter wouldn't be high enough until at least 21:00hrs, so actually nearer 3 hours! I'm also happy with the collimation (bit of a perfectionist getting things working spot on) but I hear what you're saying about seeing conditions being different every time, but I think probably my way biggest problem was viewing Jupiter almost 2 feet above my neighbours house :rolleyes:  ha ha!. 

Yeah - I was viewing Jupiter similarly just above the gable end of my neighbour's house last year, and from time to time I could literally see a river of turbulence due to heat plumes sweep across the fov like  looking through a waterfall :) Quite a shocking eye opener to see so vividly!!

Roll on better altitude for viewing planets!

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.