Category : Planets

Jupiter My First Sighting

Due to the number of houses around my small garden it has been hard to find some of the planets which only rise a little over the horizon, as a lot of the time I just cannot see them. But on Friday 1st June I actually managed to get my first sighting of Jupiter.

Using my K9 lens I could just make out the markings and bandings across the planet, I also tried then using my 2x barlow lens with it, but I could not make out much more detail. I think my next pruchase will have to be a good quality barlow lens and a 4x or 5x lens to try and improve my night viewings.


Anyway, I was also amazed to make out three stars in a horizontal line around Jupiter, after looking this up in the Collins Skywatching Book (ISBN 0002200287) they are in fact the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, of which there are actually four moons, but sometimes you cannot make out all four moons as one may be in front of Jupiter.

Jupiters Moons

My First Saturn & YouTube Video

Having failed to get any decent pictures of Saturn so far, I decided to try and take video of it instead. I ended up using my Nokia 6320 phone to take the video, which is not the best gadget to use for video admittedly, plus I was indoors, again not a good idea as I think some of the focus may have been on the actual window.

I then decided to add it to YouTube, I already have a YouTube account, so I uploaded my first video. The video files comes off of my Nokia in 3gpp files, I used Apples QuickTime Pro 7 in order to cut he video and re-save it as a .mov file, which was then uploaded to YouTube.

It’s only after I uploaded my not so great video that I saw a whole host of really good images and videos on YouTube by other astronomers, and I hope to put some of my favourite astronomy videos from YouTube on the blog soon.

Blurry Saturn

The first night I ever used my telescope I found Saturn without any help at all and the feeling was amazing, so was finding out how fast that it went out of view.

I tried taking a photo of it, but below is all I got, a blurry picture. I shall have to try again the next time the conditions are improved.

Blurry Saturn

You can just about make out the rings, but I was expecting some more magnification and some clearer pictures, hopefully as I learn more I should get some better pictures – watch this space.

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