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AndyWB

Jupiter on the Longest Day

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I made it out for a look at the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn last night. It's my first time out with a scope in ages, though only with the 80mm.

Jupiter was so clear! The Great Red Spot was right in the middle, and so obvious. It seems it's colour has returned a bit, and it's a bit more clearly separated from the SEB? There were also two dark festoons in the NEB just above it. It was a fantastic sight.  The temperate belts I couldn't see at all, so I guess they're pale/narrow/missing at the moment.

Also had my first look at Saturn in a while as it scudded between tree-tops. Lovely. 

And I had a wee gander at the Ring Nebula, which was visible and ring-like in AV, but that just showed how bright the sky still was. 

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Nice report. I literally grabbed 2 minutes on Jupiter before iit was hidden by trees. I agree that the GRS seems to have more colour and is more separated from the SEB than in recent years

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We had some lovely views of Jupiter last night too. Nice orange (burnt orange?) colour and as you say, clear separation to SEB. I could see the southern temperate belt following from below GRS and the light belts in the polar regions N & S. Three lovely festoons too, especially in the TEC160!

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